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I am an editor and writer currently based in Edmonton, a sprawling provincial capital in the frigid wastes of the Canadian prairies.

For a handful of years, I worked as a crime reporter here. During my time at the Edmonton Journal, I covered hostage takings, stage collapses, infanticides, house explosions, and more homicides than most people have birthdays. In between, I dabbled in arts writing, reviewing concerts and interviewing some of the world’s most famous celebrities, including Peter Wunstorf, Bobcat Goldtwait and my mom.

Currently, I somehow get paid money to be a story editor on the Dragon Age team at BioWare, a triple-A video game studio founded by medical doctors.

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We3 by Grant Morrison
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A violent science fiction fairytale not wholly unlike The Transformers: The Movie except with animals and a completely different story that doesn't involve robot mineral rights at all.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
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It's neat to see familiar characters reimagined and mashed into one universe like this.

The Transformers: The Movie is a movie I like.
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2 by Alan Moore
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I wonder what The Transformers: The Movie would have been like if Moore wrote it.
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Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
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The opposite of nostalgia. It makes me want to hug my mom and watch The Transformers: The Movie, a movie that made me happy as a kid.
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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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Borges is a master of words and creating fiction that feels like fact. His work is as far away from The Transformers: The Movie as you can probably get, and still it is possible to draw comparisons. The bullet that shot JFK for instance also killed ...more
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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
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This is the kind of book that is great if read at a certain point in a person's life. It's hard to come back to though. Unlike The Transformers: The Movie, which was great when you were little and is still great.
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1984 by George Orwell
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This book taught me to question authority at a young age, sort of like that scene in The Transformers: The Movie when Hot Rod and Kup go before the magistrate and the magistrate says "Silence or I'll find you in contempt of this court" and Hot Rod ...more
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Wall and Piece by Banksy
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A strong introduction to Banksy's art.

Just like The Transformers: The Movie was a strong introduction to the character Rodimus Prime.
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
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I read this book in university. Every time I see a bottle of Cutty Sark I think of it. Sort of like how every time I see Orson Welles in a movie I think of how his last role was as the planet-eating robot Unicron in the classic animated feature The ...more
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