Friday, March 01, 2024
Newsletters subscribers already got this news, but my novella Aloha to You is on sale. It's part of Kobo's Leap Year Sale in Canada and the US today. For non-Kobo readers, it will be on sale next week March 3rd - 8th in honor of Read an Ebook week. Aloha to You is the start of the City Complications series, so a great place to jump in. It features Seth and Adriana who meet when he interviews her for a lifestyle magazine about her lei business. He is a museum admin who secretly yearns to be a journalist. There are nosy parents, opinionated friends, and brownies. Content notes listed here. Available at multiple etailers: Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KJ1DR7 Kobo: http://bit.ly/2KM3RiR Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/4XZnd6 Note, print is not on sale, but if print is your jam, print link: https://bookshop.org/books/aloha-to-you/9781393545323
Thursday, February 29, 2024
1. RO Kwon wrote about the complicated feelings involved in writing to add to the stories about people like you, when you also kind of hope your family won't read it. Note: contains references to panic attacks and statistics about suicidal ideation.
2. This story about a tech billionaire buying up property in Hawai'i was interesting.
3. Nepalese folks have been repurposing some of the trash mountain climbers leave behind.
Monday, February 26, 2024
I had the opportunity to attend an event with Stephanie Hsu. Here are seven things she talked about.
1. Hsu talked about how picking up a job in college working on a permaculture farm taught her a lot about understanding the environment and the context you are working in, rather than just coming in and plopping down the seeds you want.
2. She talked about how an industry person had told her "Everything Everywhere All at Once" was a silly title, that was too long, and it was a niche movie that very few people would see.
3. She talked about how she really enjoyed working with people who were wonderful, and that being on a set that made things like sustainability part of their ethos has been something she is carrying forward as she produces her own show.
4. She talked about visiting Copenhagen and being impressed with how the city was designed, and the cultural ethos, and also the practice of regularly jumping into the water. (She was advised that our local waterways were perhaps not the best choice for that.)
5. Hsu talked about working on a movie that was so specific and felt so much like the story she had been dying to tell was wonderful. But that she had not expected how wonderful it was to hear from others about how much it meant to them, and to feel like that was a wonderful feedback loop to be in.
6. She talked about how she had realized a lot of the things society had told her about Asian Americans was not factual, or based on erroneous assumptions. And so she was working on unlearning and challenging those.
7. She was asked about role models in media she had growing up as a Chinese, American and she said there weren't really many, though she did mention Lucy Liu and Sandra Oh. But she noted there has been change, that she got to be on "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and get a role in a historical that didn't feel embarrassing. She also mentioned an Asian American extra on the show, thanked her, because she was pretty sure Hsu's role led to them considering an Asian American extra for a historical show. And she told some aspiring actors in the audience, and they haven't met you yet, so imagine what can happen.
Friday, February 23, 2024
WAMU announced today that they are shutting DCist down effective immediately.
This is sad for me personally, and for the region, as the sign of a trend of local news being trimmed.
But, it also means there are a ton of links, including one I posted yesterday, that are now dead.
So, tread carefully. If you are a local journalist, I love you, and please save copies of all your work.
Thursday, February 22, 2024
1. Not to take away from Caitlin Clark's incredible achievement in scoring, but it turns out there are other high scorers, who, due to changes in the divisions and such, who's achievements should also be noted.
2. I agree with this column on trigger or content warnings and how good ones let you make informed decisions, and how good media will suck you in regardless.
3. Mychal Threet's library videos have popped into my timeline few times, and are they always lovely. This interview with him was equally so.