I've written for a wide variety of publications over the past fifteen years -- The Times Literary Supplement, The Boston Globe, The Spectator, The Literary Review of Canada, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus -- as well as for my own blogs and online journals. The following is a selection of recent and older pieces.
There is nothing that so prompts recriminations and re-examinations as a lost war -- and the American loss in Vietnam was a particularly painful wound. In his own post-mortem, Brian VanDeMark focuses on the decision makers and decision making that lead to this traumatic conflict, but his reliance on behavioural psychology raises more questions than it answers.
When it comes to children, our society is growing ever more risk-averse -- yet given today's dynamic, fast-changing economy, there's never been a more important time to raise resilient, pro-risk kids. Two books address the questions of how our built environment helps determine the character of our children, and of whether changing our view of childhood itself can transform its potential.
Kushanava Choudhury's personal tale of his return to Calcutta, the city of his youth, is a vivid and engaging depiction of a megalopolis once central to the fortunes of India - now caught up in forces of globalization-driven change.