Author Archives: Matthew Lie - Paehlke

About Matthew Lie - Paehlke

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

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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