VANESSA FARQUHARSON (Writer, “The Quest to Buy Less,” page 40)
Home base: Toronto. Previously published in The National Post and Chatelaine.
I consider myself a conscientious shopper, even a minimalist. But the subjects I interviewed made me realize how much I’m still buying. Often, we’re happier spending money on experiences rather than things, but that’s easier said than done in a world of marketing algorithms and Amazon. LISA FITTERMAN (Writer, “Impasse at Double Trouble,” page 44)
Home base: Toronto. Previously published in The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. Working on this story reminded me about the importance of trusting the people you’re with and never giving up—not even if you’re soaked through and shivering in the pitchblack underground. I was inspired by the cavers’ ability to survive in dire circumstances. STEVEN TWIGG (Illustrator, “Recipe for Disaster,” page 76)
Toronto. Previously published in The Globe and Mail and Mental Floss. The height of my culinary triumphs occurred when I was pan-frying a pork chop. I eyed some fruity tea next to the stove, and I daringly sprinkled some on. It turned out to be amazing, so I’d say I’m a pretty good cook. Plus, I burn things less than 30 per cent of the time. SALINI PERERA (Illustrator, “The Quest to Buy Less,” page 40)
Toronto. Previously published in The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. I own way too much kitchenware and art supplies, so this story felt very relevant to me. It was comforting to read that many other people’s habits are similar to mine. I try to consume less, but I don’t always succeed. I’m a bit of a maximalist at heart.