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Lawrence Winkler is a physician, traveler, and natural philosopher. His molecules have morphed from medicine to manuscript. He lives with Robyn on Vancouver Island and in New Zealand, tending their gardens and vineyards, and dreams.

Errors are Intentional


David Streitfeld recalls being a bad friend to David Foster Wallace.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 18, 2018, 1:25 am

The Caribou Guardians


In a quiet pen in B.C.’s northeast corner, pregnant caribou cows and their calves are fed hand-picked old growth lichen.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 5:27 pm

The Real Goldfinger: The London Banker Who Broke the World

The true story of how the City of London invented offshore banking – and set the rich free.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 1:46 am

On Going On and On and On


The fantasy of living forever is just a fig leaf for the fear of death – and comes at great personal cost.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 1:39 am

Anthony Burgess’s Boundless Curiosity


Burgess saw journalism as a way writers could  escape “the daily damnation of the typewriter’’ that a novel demanded.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 1:30 am

Neruda’s Voice


Still has the power to astonish and appall.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 1:28 am

Varieties of Ether

Toward a history of creativity and beef.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 17, 2018, 1:21 am

This Will Be Fun



Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 11, 2018, 11:18 pm

The Ethics of Consciousness Hunting

How fMRI has become an ethical obligation.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 10, 2018, 1:33 am

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II


In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga.




Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 10, 2018, 1:28 am

On Going On and On and On

The fantasy of living forever is just a fig leaf for the fear of death – and comes at great personal cost.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 10, 2018, 1:21 am

I Survived the Warsaw Ghetto.

Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on.



Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 10, 2018, 1:08 am

Thar’ Be Bandits

Mark your calendars.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 9, 2018, 10:17 pm

What Makes Some Species More Likely to Go Extinct?

It’s a question scientists want to answer quickly, if we’re to have any chance of conserving future biodiversity.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 6, 2018, 3:18 am

For Bordeaux’s Winemakers, Rising Temperatures Bring a Reckoning

France’s famous vintners will need new grapes that can withstand a warmer climate — and produce wine that remains both fine and French.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 6, 2018, 3:09 am

Deep Intellect

The soul of an octopus.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 6, 2018, 3:06 am

The Big Squeeze


Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 6, 2018, 3:03 am

The Science of the Tennis Grunt


A thoughtless aggressive incursion on neighbourhood and World Peace.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: September 5, 2018, 12:41 am

The Unbearable Sameness of Cities

What my journey across the United States taught me about indie cafés and Ikea lights.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 31, 2018, 7:36 pm

The Algorithmic Trap


The world is becoming optimized for the dominant aesthetic of the internet.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 31, 2018, 7:34 pm

The Secret Garden

How a scientist found a rainforest on top of a mountain.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 30, 2018, 1:33 am

Life in Norilsk

Welcome to one of the most isolated cities on Earth. 


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 30, 2018, 1:27 am

Forget Everything You Think You Know

 About time.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 29, 2018, 5:25 am

What Follows the End of History?

Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 29, 2018, 5:21 am

A Summer of Japanese Literature


Ten works of Japanese literature worth spending your summer on.


Author: Lawrence Winkler
Posted: August 27, 2018, 3:48 am
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