This is not an armchair psychoanalysis of Rob Ford

One of my favourite advice websites, Captain Awkward, has a commenting rule: no remote diagnoses. No matter how much the letter writer’s annoying aunt reminds you of your mother, you can’t diagnose someone with Borderline Personality Disorder based on the description of a biased third party. This is good advice, but rarely followed (even on […]


Any history is a choice. The events and incidents that make up the story are not selected by accident, but by a complex intersection of structural and personal biases – what is known is known because it props up one story or another, because it reinforces a popular, comforting, or culturally important belief. The story […]