Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 24

The Horologist

My story about Calgary’s century-old City Hall clock and Doug Sinclair, the horologist who cares for it, appears in today’s issue of Swerve Magazine. I first learned of Sinclair when I visited the clock tower with Mayor Nenshi in November. (My story about Nenshi is finally finished and will appear in May’s Readers Digest Canada.) […]

“You have to earn an ending.”

I wrestled throughout high school and as a member of the University of Calgary Dinos. (57kg, if you can believe it). For my last book, Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran, I traveled to Iran to seek out the connection between Persian poetry and traditional wrestling. And I absolutely love this: […]

Mauerkrankheit: notes for an introduction

For the last several weeks I’ve been neglecting this blog and working on revising my Walls book. I am trying to transform my heap of editor-marked pages into a smoother-reading second draft for my deadline next week. In the meantime, and with thanks to Geoff Berner and Dr. Seuss, here is an excerpt from the […]