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 January 20, 2014
What’s the Klondike really like today, more than a century after the Gold Rush? Well, according to one filmmaker who lives in Dawson City, it’s like Leonard Cohen’s Greece. Here’s “Klondike Creative Class,” my story about the coolest town in Canada and how it created a thriving arts community. And here’s an interview Maisonneuve editor […]
By Tim on December 30, 2013
Here are my favourite albums of 2013: • The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas Courtney Barnett Ever listen to NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast? It’s a great way to discover new music. Exhibit A is this album from an Australian singer-songwriter • The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I […]
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By Tim on December 23, 2012
I couldn’t do it. There was so much fabulous music this year that I just couldn’t narrow it down to a Top 10. So here—alphabetically because there was no way I could rank them—are the twenty-five albums I listened to, and enjoyed, the most this year. Yeah, twenty-five (and it was hard enough getting it […]
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By Tim on December 20, 2012
This photo is from the canoe trip I did on the Snake River in the Peel Watershed with friends this past summer. A few days later, though, the sky wasn’t so peaceful. In fact, the end of our trip was pretty wild, but as I wrote in “In the Yukon’s Stormy Embrace” for Up Here magazine, my love […]
By Tim on December 11, 2012
I wrote about memorials in a secular age. I was trying to be funny; my editor thought it was poignant. You be the judge.
By Tim on November 14, 2012
Sometimes I don’t know what’s wrong with me: I spend my life trying to convince women to like me and then I go and write this. Of course, not all prostitutes are women and the rights and safety of prostitutes shouldn’t be solely a women’s issue and language is something everyone should love, but the […]
By Tim on October 13, 2012
This guy died this week and that really pissed me off because he was my friend. Calling Chris Chenoweth a character seems like too much of an understatement. He was a complete nut–often infuriating, he was nevertheless totally loveable. And totally memorable. His obit nails it: “Full of fun, bluster and bonhomie, he was a grand personality […]
By Tim on September 15, 2012
After my second year of university, I spent four months working in a mine in Elsa (I lived in a bunkhouse just like this one–maybe even this one–though it was in better shape back then). That was the first time I fell in love with the Yukon, but the summer of ’79 was more […]
By Tim on August 15, 2012
“Dawson City — big city problems in a small northern town” is a piece I wrote for Spacing magazine’s blog about what to do with unused (and underused) heritage buildings in the Klondike.
By Tim on August 3, 2012
My Maisonneuve magazine story about singing, tone deafness and how we hear music is now online. Includes some science, some culture and lots of personal humiliation.