Surprised and delighted to see that my essay "The Contours of Cold," originally published in CutBank and later reprinted in Drunken Boat, is mentioned in the "Notables" section of Best American Essays 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan. Just don't tell them I'm not American... (Nah, it's legit, I qualify because CutBank is a US-based literary journal.)

 

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I spent two lucky, life-changing years at Oxford – studying the history of science, reading expedition narratives like it was my job (and it was! bliss!), hanging out with amazing classmates I'm fortunate to call friends, and waiting for the one day a year I could ski to class.

Here's a characteristically meandering interview about my time across the pond, the meaning of exploration in this modern day and age, and my obsession with borders and other ambiguities, brought to you by The Rhodes Project.

"There’s nothing wrong with holidays, but I mostly prefer adventures – until I’m having one..."
–from the interview

 

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A few years ago I was lucky enough to explore the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica with a team of research scientists. I went in as an aspiring scientist myself, but emerged an aspiring writer...no equation or theory or empirical summary of any sort could adequately evoke or describe that place, only poetry would do. Or failing that, prose! Sierra Magazine just published a short essay about my experience -- you can read it in the July/August 2013 issue, available on newsstands now or online here.

A rather solemn self-portrait in Antarctica. I had fun there, really!

A rather solemn self-portrait in Antarctica. I had fun there, really!

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