Zdarsky, a.k.a. Steve Murray, has worked as an illustrator for national newspapers. He co-created the lauded (and banned) comic book series Sex Criminals.

Meet the Canadian bringing Batman into a new era

As the new lead writer for Batman, Chip Zdarsky wants to explore the superhero’s weaknesses 

The ‘indecently curious’ Carol Shields

New reflections from the beloved author on men, women, and why she wrote

Behind the humour: the Feschuk story

A rare behind-the-scenes look at how this genius column somehow comes together every week

What academics can learn from LOL My Thesis

Research sounds a lot more interesting in plain English

Frosh perspective

Universities help first-year students with mentors and more

Fresh perspective on the first year of university

New programs help frosh succeed with mentors and writing help

How to get 19 million readers

Could Wattpad be the ‘killer app’ for aspiring writers?

On Wattpad, anyone can write and get feedback—just ask Margaret Atwood

The case against Wikipedia in the classroom

Students should learn to build arguments, not write entries

The backlash against David Foster Wallace

The backlash against David Foster Wallace

Not everyone’s enamoured with the author who’s become a kind of fringe pop icon


University kids write the darndest things

Annual contest publishes the most hilarious examples


Comedy Writer Jokes

I promised to write a post about why I think certain jokes on The Simpsons and Futurama and some other shows are “comedy writer jokes,” that appeal more to comedy writers than to people who aren’t comedy writers. I’m a little reluctant to give examples, though, because any example I will give is absolutely certain to be funny to some (or maybe even most) people who aren’t comedy writers. So when I say these jokes don’t appeal to “people who aren’t comedy writers,” what I really mean is that they don’t appeal to me.