I began training in academic writing 30 years ago, and grew proficient in structuring an article or book with careful argumentation, critical reading, analytic structure, and citation. Yet, for the past five years, I have found that I seldom read that kind of academic writing cover-to-cover, and take less pleasure in writing it.

My attraction to memoir and creative nonfiction also has to do with my admiration for the writing that is being produced today. Why should academic writing be at odds with the kind of intelligent reflective writing being published in magazines, memoirs, online fora, and blogs? How can I make my knowledge about contemporary culture, politics, philosophy, and history accessible and relevant to readers who have access to so many different sources of information?

October 19, 2017

“On Backyards, Property, and New Mythologies of Belonging”

Imre Szeman and I were invited to contribute a short essay on the suburbs to Jeffrey Insko’s Line 6B Citizens’ Blog.
March 17, 2017

“Depersonalized Intimacy”

Find my article, “Depersonalized Intimacy,” in the new special issue of ESC on The Automated Body (edited by Cecily Devereux and Marcelle Kosman). Available via Project […]
March 17, 2017

“I’ll Eat You Up!”

I’m excited about the publication of a personal creative nonfiction essay I wrote in the March 2017 issue of Bluestem Magazine.
February 9, 2017

Banff Research in Culture 2017

2067 invites participants to imagine and configure a future that will produce the life we need, want, and deserve. Together we will probe the mechanisms, structures, […]
January 25, 2017

What Did Eve Do?

This is a piece I wrote a few years ago, but I was reading Erin Wunker’s timely Notes from a Feminist Killjoy and it made me […]
June 26, 2016

Who Are We Trying To Reach?

The Case for Academic Writing that Everyone Can Read Article in U of T Magazine
October 27, 2015

Tofino Birthday

  My mother and my friend called me this weekend to wish me a happy birthday and a good trip to Tofino. Both of them expressed surprise […]
March 23, 2015

Counseling v Psychoanalysis

I used to see a counselor who was kind, supportive, chatty, and nurturing. I would confide in her as she sat across from me, her tiny […]
January 29, 2015


I’m not sure if we’re still saying that we’re in a postfeminist age. That term came up a lot from maybe 2008-2013, a marker of how […]
November 27, 2014

Response to Response

I know I’ve taken months to respond, but I want to start by saying how much I appreciate your awareness of certain behaviours and codes of […]
July 28, 2014

A Response to my Introduction

A former student and friend, Catherine Ribeiro, wrote me an email in response to my Introduction on splitting. I have her permission to reproduce it here, […]
July 28, 2014

Petrified Skin

  Igor Mitoraj makes sculptures of bodies and faces, bronze coloured as if they were skin, hardened, petrified. They connote a whole head, a complete body, […]
July 12, 2014

I Once Had a Girl…

If we think of Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In or the selkie myth as captivity narratives and maintain the dichotomy of captor/captive, then we could […]
July 10, 2014


In Celtic folklore, a seal will once a year swim to the shore at nighttime and wriggle out of her thick dark sealskin. The revealed body […]
July 9, 2014

The Skin I Live In

I’ve got you under my skin, I’ve got you deep in the heart of me…. Cole Porter   Hands stroking skin, feeling the smooth seamlessness of […]