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Lawrence Winkler is an ancient physician, traveler, and natural philosopher. His molecules are morphing from medicine to manuscript. From compassion to passion, to view and document the world around him, in all its beauty and complexity. He lives on Vancouver Island with Robyn, tending their gardens and vineyards, and dreams.

Japanese Sumo Robots


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:34 pm

And The Winner Is...


Namibia.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 20, 2017, 4:49 pm

Will Social Media Kill the Novel?


On the end of private life.

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 20, 2017, 6:49 am

A Sociology of the Smartphone


Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 20, 2017, 1:31 am

Politics and the English Editor


Why writing well matters.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 19, 2017, 1:35 am

Frank Lloyd Wright Credited Japan for His All-American Aesthetic



The famed architect was inspired by drawings and works from the Asian nation.



Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 17, 2017, 3:56 pm

It’s Complicated



Unraveling the mystery of why people act as they do.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 17, 2017, 4:47 am

Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires


Are wine connoisseurs scientists or charlatans
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 17, 2017, 4:45 am

Frank Lloyd Wright


An illustrated guide.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 15, 2017, 8:02 pm

How the Average Working Adult Spends Days


Guess I’m neither average or working.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 15, 2017, 12:13 am

Death Trips



Accessorizing the final exit lane.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 14, 2017, 11:48 pm

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America


And why the hype was irresistible.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 14, 2017, 11:06 pm

Selfie



How we became so self-obsessed and what it’s doing to us.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 13, 2017, 3:20 pm

Oenophiles Gone Wild



Who would have guessed that a journey through the snooty world of sommeliers could be such raucous fun?
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 13, 2017, 4:02 am

Eighth Wonder of World 'Rediscovered' in New Zealand



The Pink and White Terraces,  North Island, a major Victorian tourist attraction, were believed to have been lost in an 1886 volcanic eruption.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 12, 2017, 10:52 pm

How to Make Maple Syrup

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:46 am

Canada’s Middle Class Is on the Brink of Ruin



Why we’d rather binge on cheap credit than live within our means.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:15 am

Mother Nature Might be Lovely




But moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 12, 2017, 1:08 am

Reading Thoreau at 200



Why is the seminal work of the great American transcendentalist held in such scorn today?
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 9, 2017, 3:43 pm

The Cost of Keeping Bees


Try mowing our lawn in New Zealand before dusk.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:55 pm

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb



A species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:50 pm

The Nightmare of the Tiny House


A little bigger is better.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:43 pm

Australian Convict Pirates in Japan: Evidence of 1830 Voyage Unearthed


I missed this one when writing Samurai Road.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 3:23 pm

What Happens When Authors Are Afraid to Stand Alone


Writing as an individual pursuit has been replaced by “community”—and literature is the worse for it.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 12:34 am

Between Everywhere and Nowhere



A little review of travel literature.
Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: June 8, 2017, 12:29 am
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