New Narratives

Personal essays on our relationship with nature, our paradoxes and our cravings for revolution.

The Importance of Being Unoriginal

Lessons on craftsmanship from a studio dropout

Location Unknown

How disconnecting from technology helped me connect with myself.

Technologies for the Mother-Baby Dyad

Returning to work not long after giving birth to her daughter, writer Erin Sroka reflects on her digitally augmented maternity against the dystopian backdrop of Seattle’s tech prosperity.

Raw barter

Valentine Thomas tells us about how she left her corporate life to live like a local spearfisher in Cape Verde.

“My parents had fled the war, and here I was running right back to it.”

Jad Haddad, who grew up in Lebanon during wartime, has long since been attracted to war zones. Today he is the head of an adventure tourism agency, fulfilling his quest for discovery and the unknown differently.

Living the Van Life: What You Need to Know

Over chocolate fondue, Dominic and Mariepier take up a new challenge: converting an old delivery truck and living in it. The couple describe how vanlife, that unimpeachable Instagram trend, quickly leads to its own share of contradictions.

One foot in the city and another in the woods.

The BESIDE cofounder spent the first half of his life in Abitibi; the second, in Montreal. For the longest time, he thought he would eventually need to choose between city and country, but today he's finding ways to make this hybridity work.

About a Vegan

Journalist and radio host Matthieu Dugal tells the story of how he became vegan, despite his visceral love for lamb chops.

“For the longest time, I thought sexual intercourse had a time limit.”

At 29 years old, Marie-Élaine Guay abandoned the world of advertising to become a horticulturist. This change—from performance to passion—did not happen of a sudden. Gently, it came to infuse each area of her life.

“I fear returning to the very places I love.”

Professional snowboarder, filmmaker, and activist Tamo Campos reflects on recent life-changing events that have both awakened his deepest fears and brought him new perspectives.