Home and the city

I’ve been working my way through Reportage on Crime, an anthology of Nick Joaquin’s true crime stories. One such piece,

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The Optimal Starbucks Breakfast

Optimization is the millennial affliction. (There was a trenchant Buzzfeed essay a while back that delved into how this impulse

Book cover for Qiu Xiaolong's Death of a Red Heroine novel

On “Death of a Red Heroine” by Qiu Xiaolong

I mistook this novel for a murder mystery. It is that, nominally: Chief Inspector Chen Cao and Detective Yu of the Shanghai

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Obligatory New Year Post

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Annual Soundtracks

There’s this funny game I’ve been playing for the past few months. Imagine this: a supervillain wraps a hapless woman

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Hugs From Your Grandma: Favorite Tiny Desk Concerts

I’ve been spending my after-work hours browsing NPR’s rich and varied library of Tiny Desk Concerts. There have been many

A stack of books leaning to the right

Rapid-Fire Thoughts: 2018 Read Harder Challenge Update

The Book Riot Read Harder Challenge continues. Since my last reading challenge update, I’ve finished: #2: A book of true