I’m a freelance culture writer and film critic. I’m also a columnist for The Globe and Mail and a contributing Books editor to Zoomer magazine.

I cover books, design, fashion, and entertainment (often at the intersection of commerce) and belong to the Toronto Film Critics’ Association. I do author interviews and literary essays, and write the popular monthly Novel Encounters fiction column. I’ve written for BBC Culture, CNN StyleVulture, ZoomerThe Kit, cléo, FASHION, and Noir City and many others, and previously worked at the National Post newspaper, where I spent several years as a senior arts writer, culture columnist and the award-winning editor of Weekend Post Style & Design section.

I’ve been a guest lecturer at TIFF, Toronto Metropolitan University, the Bata Shoe Museum, Hot Docs, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Art Gallery of Ontario. I contribute commentary on TV and radio and have conducted onstage interviews at the International Festival of Authors, the Toronto Public library, and the Vancouver International Film Festival. I’m also the creator and host of Designing the Movies, Toronto’s long-running film series on art direction and costume design at the historic Revue Cinema.

This is me:
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Illustration by Kagan McLeod


On the Joy of Rediscovered Books

When a culture journalist laments the fact there are too many books to read and too little time, they’re usually talking about new publications. When that culture journalist is me, I’m talking about the staggering number of revived and reprinted obscurities unearthed from decades past that are toppling my TBR pile. The popularity of Hidden…

A Cheat Sheet to Babylon’s Hollywood

Hollywood just can’t stop telling stories about itself. Set against the backdrop of a transformative time in Hollywood, Babylon’s 189 minutes follow the overlapping stories of rising and established talents from the mid-1920s to 1932, during the film industry’s transition to sound. What’s ostensibly different is that Babylon, written and directed by Damien Chazelle (First Man, La La…

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