October’s end

A Hermit Thrush scurries along the path beside Lost Lagoon.

From a few weeks back: CBC’s Front Burner podcast (which I highly recommend) had an episode with Dr. Jen Gunter, a vocal opponent of the “wellness” industry, especially the manner in which it preys upon women, exposing the essential patriarchal ideology implicit within it.

An in-depth article on how we can understand Bruce Chatwin‘s book The Songlines on it’s 30th anniversity.

It’s difficult to deny that the social and technological experiment that is the Internet has essentially failed – instead of becoming a forum for the free exchange of ideas, we’ve been subsumed by for-profit algorithms, disinformation, and trolls spewing hatred. While it won’t solve most of these problems, there’s a great browser extension called Shut Up that blocks comments on most sites.

Lastly, this Nick Drake song has been in my head this week.


A Stellar's Jay (Coastal subspecies) at Stanley Park
A Stellar’s Jay (Coastal subspecies) at Stanley Park

This is the first installment of a weekly check-in – a place I can share ideas and articles that caught my attention during the week.

Firstly – some rare good news in environmental protection: Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands (NY Times)

Harold Bloom, a giant in literary criticism, passed away on Oct 14th. NY Times obituary.

I recently finished reading Lisa Margonelli’s book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t think you’re interested in termites. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about termites and what they reveal about the complexity of natural systems.

Finally, I’ve been listening to a lot of John Coltrane lately, and I can’t get enough of his performance of ‘My Favourite Things‘ on the album Afro Blue Impressions.