Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula’

Jon Krakauer has an impressive bibliography. Into Thin Air, about the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest; Into the Wild, the tragedy of Christopher McCandless, who undertook a fatal adventure into the Alaskan wilderness; Under The Banner of Heaven, an in-depth investigation of the religious-fueled murder of Brenda Lafferty and her baby, to name a few. Initially, Missoula…

Jamaican Girls Who Have Lost Their Accents

Kristina Martin* is an exceptionally pretty girl with long, dark, curly hair, huge brown eyes, and sun-bronzed skin. She has just finished her final year at university and has returned to her island home of Jamaica. Sipping a beer at a bar overlooking the city harbour, Jamaica’s lush green mountains towering behind her, Kristina is…

Why We All Need to Stop Talking about Miley Cyrus

By now, everyone has seen – or heard so much about they might as well have seen – Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. While it would be easy to dismiss the flurry of subsequent outrage as an overreaction to a largely inconsequential matter, there are deeper implications at play. Miley’s performance has…

Suicide is Not a Story

The recent tragic Germanwings crash has, like many of spectacular suicides before it, hurtled the subjects of suicide and mental illness into the limelight. The horror we all feel for Andreas Lubitz and the 150 onboard is justified. Our repeated shock when confronted with suicide is less warranted. Suicide is an epidemic. Though we only…

What 40 Days of Dating Got Right about Millennial Relationships

Chances are you’ve heard of the social experiment 40 Days of Dating. Twentysomething friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh decided to spend 40 days attempting to create a functional relationship with each other, even though they were coming from opposite backgrounds: she’s a serial monogamist who’s continually rushed into love, and he’s a commitment-phobe who’s bounced from woman to woman. The two attended relationship counselling and set out clear…