Reading List 2015

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

Review of Jemaine Clement’s People, Places, Things

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

How I went from skeptic to backpacker

For me backpacking seemed like an exhausting, grubby, low-budget-to-the-point-of-desperation travel option that only hippies and eighteen year olds entertained. I couldn’t imagine going anywhere without a suitcase on wheels because the thought of stuffing all my clothes and other sundry items in a backpack, heaving it on my back, and sweatily schlepping all over the … More How I went from skeptic to backpacker

Ta-Nehisi Coates schools, discusses race on NPR’s Fresh Air

The Case for Reparations introduced me to Ta-Nehisi Coates, and his latest interview with Terri Gross has piqued my interest in his new book, Between the World and Me. I love hearing someone breakdown concepts that have trouble articulating, especially to people who are hearing/thinking about them for the first time. One highlight of the … More Ta-Nehisi Coates schools, discusses race on NPR’s Fresh Air