Anne T. Donahue

Anne T. Donahue is a writer and person from Cambridge, Ontario. You can buy her first book, Nobody Cares, right now and wherever you typically buy them. She just asks that you read this piece first.

Latest from Anne T. Donahue

Building a history: On two decades of Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball and all its feelings

The 1999 album brought some of McLachlan's biggest songs to life in all their complex emotional glory.

15 years after The Notebook, it's time for doomed teen romances to evolve

As teens have an increasingly profound understanding of the heartbreak that comes with being alive, they deserve to have that reflected onscreen.

He's still the one: Why Keanu Reeves continues to thrive, 20 years after The Matrix

One of Canada's greatest cinematic exports is "a testament to the fact that real heroes can be as soft as they are menacing."
Point of View

How Avril Lavigne's bravado taught a gener8tion to Let Go and embrace emotion

Underneath the power chords and spike belts was genuine vulnerability — and that was a way in for kids who preferred to hide behind faux confidence.
Year in Review

I hate being vulnerable — but this year, Ariana Grande taught me to find strength in it

In 2018, watching Grande became an ambassador for vulnerability showed me that I can embrace the same.
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All I want for Christmas...is to lean out of the perpetual merriment of seasonal music

Canadians love Christmas albums, but what's our relationship to them as the world gets less cheery?
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One small step for mankind: How movies in 2018 stared down the damaging myth of masculinity

From First Man to A Star Is Born, tragic onscreen men had an unexpected — and deeply necessary — spotlight this year.
Point of View

Forget the gossip — Justin Bieber's public messiness is a very real reminder of the mid-20s struggle

Bieber's trials and tribulations show us that no one is exempt from how emotionally volatile growing up is.
Point of View

How I grew up and learned to connect with Alanis Morissette's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie

After Jagged Little Pill, Anne T. Donahue didn't find what she was looking for in its follow-up album — but 20 years later, it's clear it was right there all along.
SHOWSTOPPERS

Please stop making TV for like, three months

This isn’t a forever thing. I’m not asking anyone to dismantle the pillars on which our cultural foundation rests. I just need a chance to catch up.
HALLOWEEN

I'm not dressing up for your Halloween party

Alas, adulthood is a collage of twists and turns, and along with an inability to digest big meals after 9 p.m., my old age has ushered in a complete disinterest and disdain for wearing costumes.
Point of View

How Sabrina the Teenage Witch helped make growing up a little less scary

In anticipation of the Netflix reboot, Anne T. Donahue looks back at how the 1990s sitcom cast a spell on her.
SPELLF-HELP

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: A Guide To Life

For those of us who grew up living vicariously through the trials and tribulations of the Spellman family, Sabrina wasn’t a sitcom but a way of life.
LIVESCREAM

Where To Scream: A Guide

Everything is terrible. Every day is a brick on the pathway to hell, and even a second spent watching the news is enough to send anyone into the depths of despair.
Sounds Like Summer

Now! 3 was the soundtrack and symbol of my pre-teen summer — it made growing up feel exciting

When she was "stuck between wanting to mature and being terrified of leaving kid life behind forever," the compilation was Anne T. Donahue's small step forward.