Author Archives: Matthew Lie - Paehlke

About Matthew Lie - Paehlke

Matthew Lie-Paehlke is a PhD student in Urban Planning at the University of Toronto.

Climate Pledge Collective

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I’m trying to kick start a new project.  I’ve done almost all I can to reduce my own carbon footprint, we bike or take transit, I’ve given up flying, I’m eating more vegan and vegetarian meals and I’ve almost completely … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Dematerialize Christmas

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With climate change looming large in my mind, I’ve been in a bit of a gloom — normally a holiday to spend time with friends and family would help shine a little light in the darkness, but all the compulsive … Continue reading

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Good Writing #3: Imagined Space and the Page

I greatly enjoy when a description makes use of the shape of its paragraph or the space of the page. This does not exactly mean positioning words on the page, but rather thinking about how the eye passes over a … Continue reading

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The Practice of Everyday Life

The Practice of Everday Life by Michel de Certeau offers a philosophical investigation of a variety of quotidian activities including walking, cooking and reading.  The bulk of the investigation involves ‘tactics’ and ‘strategy,’ two terms which de Certau has poached … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Hela cells were the first human cells to continuously reproduce outside of a human body.  They were shared with laboratories throughout the world and used in thousands of important experiments, including verifying the safety of the polio vaccine.  They are … Continue reading

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Come Meet Me

It’s been hard to find the time to write anything other than essays now that I’m back in school, however, over the Christmas break, I managed to polish up a story that I wrote last summer.  You can read about … Continue reading

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Project Mannequin

This isn’t so much something I read as something I did.  I recently bought a mannequin and used it to promote my Timothy Mallborn short story.  Here are links to the relevant pages — or just use the menu below … Continue reading

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Good Writing #2

I recently re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values which, if you aren’t aware, is a sort of autobiographical travelogue/philosophical essay.  While the content of the essay varies between brilliant and bizarre and can be discussed at … Continue reading

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Good Writing #1

I often notice tricks and maneuvers in books I’m reading and think to myself, ‘Oh wow!  I see what you did there.’  This post will be the first in a series where I quote these gems and document what exactly I … Continue reading

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The Oxford Dictionary of English

I don’t feel compunctious admitting that the Oxford Dictionary of English is one of my favourite books.  I have a copy on my shelf next to my most comfortablest chair and I often find myself perusing it in idle moments. … Continue reading

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