My first zine! Friend Malaka Gharib is a brilliant comic artist & today I took her tutorial on making “quaranzines,” mini-zines about coronavirus life. I wanted to try making one after my friend Amanda and I joked last week about all the unconventional exercise we’ve done this year. The class was constrained to drawing on … Continue reading Unconventional COVID-19 Workouts, A Zine →
“What then is time? If no one asks me, I know. If I wish to explain it to one who asks, I know not.” — St. Augustine Friend Jenn is an ER doctor. At the beginning of March, when it was clear the coronavirus would ravage the country and the richest nation in the world … Continue reading Epochs →
Since the 2016 Trump election, I have made it a priority to read at least 52 books a year, and have kept up that pace during the tumultuous years since. I find it a balm to bury myself in a book and do some “deep reading,” as Ezra Klein calls it, and am better for … Continue reading What To Read During A Pandemic →
I’ve arrived. An LA coffee shop is selling a new sandwich — the “Elise Hu.” So exciting! They’re made by the local sammie startup, Wax Paper Sandwich Company, and feature radish, miso butter, preserved lemon vinaigrette and dill, on Bub and Grandma’s baguettes. That it’s a vegetarian sandwich with radishes is clear evidence that they don’t … Continue reading Eat Me →
The smartest takes on Trump and Trumpism have been written and I don’t have anything to add to that canon. And instead of defining the reasons I held hope for this presidential election in the negative, I’ll list some of them in the affirmative: my belief in the power of the vote, the excitement of … Continue reading The Long Night →
We’ve finally put out the hour-long radio special on bridging social divides that I hosted earlier this year. It’s an adapted version of a live stage production that NPR, StoryCorps and WBHM put on in Birmingham, Alabama in the Before Times. That trip to Birmingham was one of my last trips out of town, though … Continue reading Birmingham, In the Before Times →
Today my friend David, who co-hosts the program Morning Edition and podcast Up First, announced he was leaving NPR after 16 years. I’m so excited he is joining the ranks of the revenue promiscuous, like me. And his news gives me a reason to give him a much-deserved shout out not just for being a … Continue reading My Homie David Greene, An Appreciation →
Here it is, my latest with Producer Sarah for VICE News Tonight. Adrienne Rich has a poem that goes like this, which is appropriate for this piece. My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with … Continue reading “Literally Boiled” →
I learned Ruth Bader Ginsburg died while I was standing outside LAX, just back from my first flight since March 12 and waiting for the annoying LAX-it shuttle to the Uber lot. A friend simply texted, “RBG. Fuck” before I received a series of similar texts with just the single word. This gutting news came … Continue reading Hug A Tree, Or, Everything Is Always Changing →
If there is one big idea I have really spent the year interrogating and emphasizing through my work this year, whether it’s my book (which is about capitalist-driven definitions of beauty that drive an endless cycle and competition toward unachievable standards), or through my newish social science and parenting podcast, Labor, it’s about the fallacy … Continue reading The Big Idea →
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