Penpals is a column where our friends in the media write us a letter and fill in some blanks. Today’s penpal is Mark Mann, a freelance writer based in Toronto. Online, he writes mainly about the arts, often dance; in print, he’s a generalist. His feature stories have appeared in Report on Business, The Walrus, The Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, Maisonneuve and others.
In the beginning I wanted to do everything. But then time was a thing.
If I had to choose between majestic vistas and a donkey’s long and lovely head I’d choose the donkey.
My favourite thing about my job is when editors say yes. But sometimes it can get a little real, all of a sudden.
When I need to cool down I clean things.
Print is tactile. Social media is relentless.
At night I dream about the day.
Right now I’m loving High Maintenance, Vince Staples, Gregory Orr.
My favourite awkward position is inadvertent honesty.
PR professionals make me wary. It’s cool though.
Before I go, I want you to know I’m pretty sure it’s not actually the end of the world.
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