I’m headed to South Africa to film a pilot episode for a webseries called Where Art Thou, which will follow me as I learn about the world through contemporary art. I’m going to ask artists about the influences in their work. Their answers will be the breadcrumbs I follow to see the real world experiences they come from. WAT introduces a … More What can art tell us about a country?
I’m back in the Northern Hemisphere for now, most recently in Italy. Speaking of Italy, let me lay some newly learned facts on you: 1. Italians actually do say ‘Ciao bella!’ and ‘Mamma mia!’ 2. Homemade pasta and fresh ingredients will change your life I landed in Venice, which is both the best and worst place to start a … More Back at it again: Italy p.1
Afronauts, to infinity and beyond! … More Afronauts
Witnessing racism and xenophobia not directed at me has been one of the most bizarre experiences about life outside of the US. … More La vita complicated
I hurried out of the house onto a slick sidewalk, eager to catch the 3:24pm bus. As I speed-walked in the ever present Auckland rain I asked myself the perennial question, why didn’t I just leave the house a few minutes earlier? If I missed this bus, there wouldn’t be another one for 20 minutes, and I was anxious to get to the Art Gallery before it closed at 5. … More An Auckland Bus Ride
Patricia Grace’s latest novel, Chappy, evokes this concept of beauty in the mundane at a masterful level, using powerful subtlety to create a world universal and relatable with sincerity and quiet depth. … More Kiwi Reads | A review of Chappy by Patricia Grace
The first episode takes place in the Illuminati HQ, complete with pictures of Jay-Z and Queen Elizabeth II hanging on the wall. Really, what more do I need to say? … More Webseries you should watch: The Adventures of Jamel, Time Traveling B-Boy
Here are the books I read in 2015. I’ve noted regions next to the titles, in some cases to highlight the author’s origin or indicate the viewpoint from which they write; in others the location is like a character in and of itself, and shapes the narrative as much as any of the people or … More Reading List 2015
People, Places, Things is a twee, matured-hipster 2000s version of the classic hapless dad movie from the 90s with a criminally underused cast of comics. Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is woe-befallen graphic novelist cum professor whose partner leaves him for an off-Broadway monologuist, a career that out-Brooklyn’s Clement’s own. He struggles to cope, co-parent his … More Review of Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things
Confusing weather patterns were something I got used to while living in Boston, although the mercurial weather of New England could not prepare me for going to sleep in a Japanese spring and waking up in a New Zealand fall. It was odd, one day smelling flowers on the breeze, the next seeing trees with dead leaves dispiritedly waving, then falling in the wind. … More New Zealand: good on ya!