I have written in a range of formats and on a range of topics beyond academic philosophy. Here’s a brief sampling of some of this work.
Philosophical writing for a non-specialist audience
How to Be Anxious. Psyche (2021)
Looks are not superficial. The Institute of Art and Ideas (2021)
The Moral Conflict Between Environmentalism and Animal Welfare. New Statesman (2020)
Calling Bullshit. The Point (2018)
Speaking Nonsense. The Point (2017)
Donald Trump’s Victory Shows Why We Need Philosophy Students More Than Ever (with Simona Aimar). Times Higher Education (2017)
Children and Animals. The Point (2012)
Cousin Starfish. The Hedgehog Review (2020)
Forest for Trees. The Point quarantine journal (2020)
All Made Up. The Point (2016)
An Olympic Transformation. The Oxford Cherwell (2010)
In 2012, I wrote a series of articles for the History Page on the now-defunct iPad news app, The Daily. The published articles have now disappeared into the mists of cyberspace, but I’ve preserved penultimate drafts of the following pieces:
“Nothing Secedes Like Excess”: a brief history of Talossa, an independent state founded in a Milwaukee teenager’s bedroom.
“Before Pong Came Along”: on the world’s first video game.
“Gael Storm”: on the abortive Fenian raid that was meant to capture Canada and ransom it back to the British in exchange for Irish independence.
“Chop Shop”: on the “disassembly line” that streamlined pig processing in the nineteenth-century and how it revolutionized the automobile industry.
“When Irish Guns Are Firin’”: The story of the St. Patrick’s Battalion, a group of disaffected Irish-American soldiers who defected to the Mexican side of the Mexican-American War.
“Behind the Mask”: How Marvel Comics gave birth to the Silver Age of superheroes.
“Licensing Pooh”: How Winnie-the-Pooh gave birth to the modern licensing industry.
I have a lifelong love of the theatre, and have been writing seriously for the stage for a decade and a half. Two of my plays have been produced professionally. The first, The Fly-Bottle, deals with Wittgenstein’s notorious encounter with Karl Popper, and was nominated for the American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2003. The second, Tom’s a-cold, deals with Sir John Franklin’s disastrous expedition to the Arctic in the mid-nineteenth century. It won Canada’s Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2009.
In addition, I’ve written a number of other short and full-length plays, adaptations, and translations. I have won a number of other awards for this work, including the New Play Award from the Toronto Fringe Festival for a play called Love Songs From Unlikely Places, and the New Play Award from the Oxford Playhouse for a short play called Pork, which I am expanding into a trilogy of shorts, entitled Three Little Pigs. My translation of Chekhov’s The Seagull has been produced professionally in Toronto.