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“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” -Anaïs Nin
I’m glad you’re here. Take a sec and introduce yourself, if you’d like. Because not every conversation can start in the Costco food court. Although many do. I’ve had a few there myself.
Recent publications: In this interview for The Rumpus, I interviewed British-born, Australian-based author Jenny Valentish. Her gender-focused book “Woman of Substances: A Journey Into Drugs, Alcohol and Treatment” was recently released in the U.S., and it’s a timely and important work.
I’m concerned about what happens to kids who grow up with an undiagnosed mentally ill parent. That was my situation, and it left its mark. I wrote about it in this essay for the New York Times and received hundreds of emails in response, confirming for me that we need to make “trauma-informed treatment” a pillar of our health systems.
Book stuff: I’ve completed a manuscript titled “Jump: A Memoir About Skating and Survival,” and am working on a novel about an American photojournalist in South Africa during the Mandela elections (cause hey, I was a Canadian development worker in South Africa during the Mandela elections).