TJ is a Vancouver based writer, performer and director of new theatre pieces. He's participated in ninety or so theatre and comedy festivals in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. He has six published plays and a humour book. He's also interested in movies, literature, television, comic books, history, science, spirituality, tai chi, technology, food and the Enneagram. He generally juggles a dozen projects at a time. He thinks more people should read the books of Barbara Ehrenreich, Gabor Mate, David Mitchell, Dan Savage, Mark Kurlansky, Miriam Toews and Brian Michael Bendis.
Words of wisdom from an obscure and great writer.
With selections and write-ups from some of our core contributors, in alphabetical order.
Conflict avoidance, escape into dreams, and love of nature.
An evolution is underway, bringing new ways to engage audiences.
According to Fr. Richard Rohr, and Harvard prof Phillip L. Berman.
Are those little tasteless off-white circles worth it?
It's the same reason cats sit on the lap of the person who's least interested in them.
Doris Allen, John Lennon, and what love songs are really about.
Three videos, from Q & As after TJ's solo show Medicine.
A look at the interplay of Modernity and Postmodernism in a major Canadian city.
With songs by Local Natives, the Dodos, Calexico, Patrick Watson and Metric.
Paraphrased from Sandra Maitri's book The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram.
How cocaine, crystal meth, nicotine and caffeine affect dopamine activity.
A bit of history, from Carl Sagan
A short excerpt from her book Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class.
On analysing myself for an unconscious prejudice that leaves 50% of the population out of the picture.
The Harry Potter scribe's new novel looks at social responsibility, specifically about addiction.
It's a growing trend, and produces honeys of great diversity.
Great story, excellent directing, and strong postmodern elements.
- Agreed Mary and thanks for opening the space to clarify that one point. Of course this entire endeavour was filled… Written by Juma Wood Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- Chela, your willingness to look unflinchingly inside, and then articulate that reality in the world, inspires and amazes me. I… Written by Karen Kristjanson I Heart Beams and Struts: A Eulogy
- Just wanted to say: Writing actually is a verb! And as Ishmael Reed said "Writin is Fightin." A good kind… Written by Mary W. Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- Well that was honest! Great to read these various un-cloaked perspectives. It feels refreshing to see a take on an… Written by Sarah Olson Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- Well, I'm sorry that Beams is wrapping up, but excited for all of you. You've done something amazing here, make… Written by Paul Duke Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- Leah, I'm with you here- "Sometimes it takes a healthy dose of debate to decide what we need to do.… Written by Trevor Malkinson Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- It has been enlightening to follow along on your coattails, watching the ride from the sidelines. Everything you said is… Written by Leah Adams Sayonara Muthafuckas: 8 Perspectives on the End of Beams & Struts
- This is beautiful Chela, it brought me to tears. Thank you for all your wonderful writing on Beams and Struts! Written by Chloe Dierkes I Heart Beams and Struts: A Eulogy