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Hey, I’m Alastair!

Toronto, Canada · Member since October 2012
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I grew up in Ottawa, where I spent a lot of time drinking coffee & talking nonsense, then moved to Toronto for university, where I drank more coffee & talked more nonsense – although more narrowly focused on history and philosophy, which is what I ended up studying.

Now I work as a magazine publisher, which leaves less time than I'd like for reading. But here are a few interesting books I can see on my shelf, in no particular order, since AirBnB suggests this is the kind of thing people like to know: The Master Switch, Coming Through Slaughter, Seeing Like a State, The Invisibles, Philosophical Investigations, and The Master and His Emissary. I’m a compulsive mediavore & night owl, but still sometimes get outside - mostly while biking around the city, which is also one of my favourite ways to get to know a new place.

In terms of travel, my girlfriend & I get to NYC whenever we can, to see friends, theatre & art. Other places I’ve been in the last few years include Winnipeg, Fez, and Shanghai. If I can, I prefer to go somewhere and stay as long as possible. That’s one reason I’ve got very fond memories of a beautiful old town called Schwaebisch Hall, near Stuttgart, where I lived for a few months.

No pets, although I spend time with my brother’s yellow lab whenever I get the urge. And I’m fairly allergic to cats.

Mostly, though, I hate writing bios. But feel free to ask if I’ve left out anything that matters to you!