Author of That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care; Drive: A Road Trip through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile; Watchdogs and Gadflies: Activism from Marginal to Mainstream. Co-author, with popular parenting expert Alex Russell, of Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement.
By Tim on November 12, 2016
Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of my favourite albums. But this sonic masterpiece was also one that said a lot about the state of the recording industry, predicted the future of how we’d listen to music and was the band’s departure that marked the end of the beginning for alt-country. I’ll be giving a lecture on the influence of […]
By Tim on September 4, 2016
The coverage of Bad Singer continued in the summer. Here’s a new round-up: Reviews • “It’s a remarkable story of dogged determination to prove his own body wrong and, as such, is one of the more illuminating cultural studies of modern times.” — “Tim Falconer’s Bad Singer is a treatise on understanding our bodies and […]
By Tim on June 2, 2016
I’ve been fortunate to receive a lot of attention for Bad Singer. And the above illustration, from this Quill & Quire profile, makes me look far better and younger than I deserve. Here’s a round-up of the coverage so far: Reviews • “Over the last decade there have been a number of books published about […]
By Tim on May 3, 2016
A Bad Singer Playlist “Writing about music,” Martin Mull quipped, “is like dancing about architecture.” Part of the problem, of course, is that the reader wants to hear what the writer is going on about. And, inevitably, I refer to many, many songs in Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We […]
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By Tim on April 25, 2016
I’m an Author for Indies Books and music are the only two things I truly enjoy shopping for so the revival of independent booksellers and vinyl record shops has made me happier (though, admittedly, poorer). That’s why I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Authors for Indies, a great annual event in […]
By Tim on April 16, 2016
The terroir of sound Timbre — the terroir of sound — is crucial to how we hear music. But we don’t talk about it much because, unlike pitch, it has so far proven to be immune to measurement. The fine folks at Hazlitt, the excellent digital publication, have posted a Bad Singer excerpt that explains timbre’s role in music.
By Tim on April 13, 2016
Why I won’t sing at my book launch Yes, my new book is called Bad Singer. No, I won’t sing at the launch party. That’s because I am part of just 2.5 percent of the population that suffers from amusia, the technical term for tone deafness. Amusia is a brain disorder similar to dyslexia. And […]
By Tim on January 11, 2016
The music I loved in 2015 I spent 2015 finishing up a book called Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music. So while I thought a lot about how we listen to music, I didn’t have as much free time to actually listen to it as I usually do. Sure, I […]
By Tim on January 10, 2016
The Globe and Mail names Bad Singer to “most anticipated books” list
By Tim on January 10, 2016
My next book, Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music, will be out May 14, 2016. Here’s the cover.