This blog has seen many lives, including cafe reviews at Stanford, and excited cultural peeks at Florence, Seoul and LA. It’s been ignored for months at a time, when I was a columnist at The Stanford Daily or throwing myself into work in Silicon Valley after graduating college. It’s for sure seen too many exclamation points. Finally, it’s suffered from my indecision about who or what it was actually for, and especially my fear it was a vanity project. Yet the person in me that loves words (and dreams of someday being a real columnist) says to keep up the practice of writing… even if just for WordPress.
I’ve just finished NYT reporter David E. Sanger‘s book Confront and Conceal and was interested by his mention of how differently students in different places learn the story of international relations. Everyone, whether we majored in it in college or abandoned it in grade school, is influenced by the specific strand of history we were taught. It just comes out enmeshed and entangled in other parts of our lives, even if rarely given the credit for such influence. Continue reading
I won’t be working in Hollywood anytime soon, but I sure am interested in how it works… and how it doesn’t.
I normally keep a distance from anything involving the words “culture” AND “tour.” I think the real life of a city is experienced in daily errands and run-ins with strangers – not tour guides and checklists. Continue reading
It’s a theory I studied in my very first international relations class, but seeing it lived out by peers is entirely different.
Loneliness is a hot topic right now, but I mainly see it depicted as an unnecessary female issue or a contemporary epidemic. Continue reading
All I do is arrive places and then start going to film festivals and feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Continue reading