Author Archives: Alex Colgan

About Alex Colgan

I am a political theory student, freelance writer, and father living in Yarmouth, N.S.

Sexual suppression in This Magazine

My first national magazine article, about the suppression of resident intimacy in Canada’s nursing homes, is in an upcoming issue of This magazine. A feature essay, at that! For the record, I am proud to say that I now share company … Continue reading

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Coastal Life Magazine: 2008 – 2012

I wanted to post this on the official website, but Joomla won’t let me. I’ll get it up there as soon as I can fend off the website gremlins. Edit: The announcement is now on the Coastal Life home page. … Continue reading

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Plastic Surgeon Biographies

One of the most exciting aspects of my recent work has been writing biographies for plastic surgeons: to capture their patient care philosophy and personality in 500 words. Recently, I wrote bios for Paramjit Bajaj and Anureet Bajaj, a father-daughter … Continue reading

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Kosovar techno, Sahrawi pop, and the John Dillinger blues

I finished my long-running string of contracts with World Trade Press last week: a grand total of 305 articles over the course of 10 months! Here’s a quick breakdown of what I discovered about a few national music scenes: Equatorial … Continue reading

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Weekly roundup: music scenes and plastic surgery

This is a new feature I’m going to try: posting links to my recent work, or at least offering some tidbits. Here’s hoping that this will motivate me to update more often! (Past experience says: not bloody likely.) My country … Continue reading

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Lost to the Sea wrapup

Research on the Lost to the Sea Memorial Project wraps up this month. We’ve assembled thousands of names of Yarmouth mariners and others who died in connection to the ocean, and it’s strange to think that the project is finally coming … Continue reading

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Nose from the grindstone

The past couple of months have been very eventful, as my business has taken off, I’ve been married(!), my nights have been filled with frantic typing, and I’ve shamefully neglected my blog. I decided this evening to make sure that … Continue reading

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Lessons from the school of hard knocks and hangups

Market research can be a lot of fun, especially if you can develop a rapport with interviewees and maintain a sense of good humour. It’s an abysmal slog when you hear the sound of a receiver clicking into its socket… … Continue reading

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The existential exuberance of Toopy and Binoo

I have a strong tendency to overanalyze my daughter’s cartoons. That being said, however, on occasion a television show’s subtext becomes so expansive that I cannot seem to think of anything else; and if it is perverse of me to contemplate the … Continue reading

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What happens when sane people infiltrate a mental hospital?

In the early 1970s, eight sane people infiltrated 12 different mental hospitals with false symptoms. One was a psychology graduate student in his twenties, while the others were older and from varying professions (including a painter and a housewife). Three were women, … Continue reading

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