An Open Letter to Stephen Batchelor

Hello Stephen, I’d like to have a conversation with you about drugs, and solitude.  Your latest book, The Art of Solitude, is my favourite among all your books, and I have read them all, except for The Tibet Guide, which I’ve never had occasion to use.  And I reckon never will have, certainly not in … Read more

The Relapse Trilogy Intro: What a Coincidence

  The Relapse Trilogy Intro: What a Coincidence I vowed in my wedding that I would learn to love this woman and my relapsing’s a sign that I’ve learned fuck all.  Nothing of value, anyway.  On the title page of the epic manuscript I wrote about how I cured my life-long addictions—actually I didn’t say … Read more

Uncovery compared to books on addictions and recovery

Uncovering Addictions will stand between Dr. Gabor Mate’s In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and Bruce K. Alexander’s The Globalization of Addiction because it is both a diagnosis of addictions as a response to trauma and an identification of addictions as a consequence of societal disconnection. Like Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, by Marc Lewis, … Read more

About John

John has an undergraduate degree in music composition and a masters in ethnomusicology and the neuroscience of music from York University. In the 1980s, he was the music and opera critic for the Georgia Straight, for which he won a Western Canada Magazine Award for Best Arts Review. Before leaving Vancouver in 1988, he wrote … Read more

John’s Story of Uncovery

Every morning over the past 14 years, John has devoted an hour to his memoir. For the four years prior to the pandemic, he was been perched on a stool at a Starbucks on a gritty corner in downtown Toronto, half a block north of a sex shop/crack house, a noticeable hub of dismal activity … Read more

The Future (Ain’t What it Used to Be)

            I find myself thinking about racing strategies, for example: situations where we might want to risk flying the spinnaker, the course in relation to currents, winds, shoals, our competitors’ positions, and such.  It’s all very complicated, and this is very pleasurable.  Before, I was focussed on boat maintenance and improvement.  Also challenging.  Also all … Read more