photo by Colin Way March 21

Emily the Trapper

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel check traps on an Alberta trapline with trappers Emily Lamb and Bill Abercrombie.  Lamb is one of the most interesting young women I’ve met in a long time, and what she and Bill had to say about trapping surprised me. Rather than adhering to the stereotype […]

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Palestinian Acrobats and New-Old Tijuana

I wrote very few magazine stories in 2013, but a couple of pieces I did manage to squeeze out have been nominated for Alberta Magazine Awards. The stories are competing against each other – along with some fine work written, mainly, by friends of mine – in the short feature category. The first story, called […]

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The Walls That Hurt Us

I wrote an op-ed for the International New York Times about how the walls act upon the flesh. As I say in the piece, the economic and political ramifications of wall-building is oft-discussed. So, too, are the psychological effects of the walls on those that live in their shadows. I examine all of this in […]

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Poets and Pahlevans on Facebook

For no apparent reason, I’ve started a Facebook page for my 2006 book Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran. I’ll be posting stuff about Persian poetry, Iranian wrestling, and any other Iran-o-centric matter I find compelling. If you are interested, you can find the page here.

Touring the Walls

Here is an essay I wrote last summer for UK edition of Conde Nast Traveller. What draws tourists to the walls? The article appeared in the August issue, but you can read it here.

220px-Young_Mandela December 06

Songs for Nelson Mandela

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this blog, when I was last in Palestine I visited the Prisoners’ Library in Nablus. The library holds a collection of books from two now-shuttered Israeli prison libraries. The books were read by Palestinian inmates during the 1970s and 80s and provide a fascinating glimpse into what was on the […]

allthewalls November 19

The Guardian’s ‘Walled World”

I am happy to have been part of an interactive feature on The Guardian‘s webpage. “Walled World” describes, in pictures and texts, many of the world’s walls, fences and border barriers. I wrote about some of these walls in my book – and contributed the section on the Western Sahara to the project – but […]


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