John Dolan
John Dolan

"I was one with Nature, and it was nothing but terror": Canada was a cakewalk, Pt V

They say cold and wet are the same sensation, and you can add “poor.” Cold and wet and poor.

"My name’s John Dolan, you can look me up; I’ve got a Wikipedia entry!": Canada was a cakewalk, Pt IV

I’ll take that to the grave, the shame of saying that to a Canadian library lady.

“Hey, we can buy a boat and live on it!”: Canada was a cakewalk, Pt III

It might have worked if I'd taken time to choose one that had a few options like a toilet, a heating system, insulation, a roof that kept out the rain... Not me, baby.

Anaphylactic shock, courtesy of a Victoria naturopath: Canada was a cakewalk, Pt II

“’Eeeey, I’n nna thupid! I guh a P-A-Dee fum Buh-khlee! I’th ‘itten thith boothth!”

Canada was a cakewalk

Drowning among nice, smiley people is a very strange experience. It takes a long time, and no one raises their voice — not even you, as you go under...

My Human Terrain, Part One: Me and Mitzy Carlough

Who is Montgomery McFate, the celebrated “Brave Thinker” behind the most touted counterinsurgency program of the 21st century? John "The War Nerd" Dolan knew her well.

My Human Terrain, Part Two: “Which way to the bombs?”

"A rock smashed into the windshield, making a fine pattern of safety-glass mosaic. I leaned into Mitzy’s ear and screamed, 'Go back! Reverse!'"

John Dolan goes to Greece: An ant's-eye view of the crisis

"If I understood anything about money, I wouldn’t have been in this part of the world in the first place..."