About: I lived in Taiwan for thirteen months, most recently for a nine month stint from 2017-2018. While living in Taipei and studying Chinese, I heard a lot about ghost marriages. When I tried to research the subject, I discovered much of the popular and scholarly material was about China and not specific to Taiwan. … Continue reading Taiwanese Ghost Marriage: Notes from Taipei
Hot Pod (twice weekly, for the most part)A newsletter about podcasts -- what's new in the industry, what you should be listening to, and so on. Caroline Crampton (see below) assists. No Complaints (Weekly on Fridays)In No Complaints, curator Caroline Crampton shares a snippet of an interesting thing she read, along with a link. Fascinating and … Continue reading Newsletters I Like (and make), 2018
I recently stumbled across this NYT article from 2015 on "NPR Voice". In it, Teddy Wayne decries what he describes as a "tic" but which really seems to be an entire delivery style. He sums it up as "semi-informal first-person narration". The style uses "looser language" and "generously employs pauses". He doesn't provide any audio examples … Continue reading Wait. Do I teach “NPR Voice?”
At this point, I probably don't have to tell you that Black Panther is a significant film in dozens of ways. (If this is news to you, maybe this Time article will provide some perspective.) This article isn't about what Black Panther means for African Americans, for white non-Africans' perspective of Africa, or for actors and creators … Continue reading Black Panther, Blackface, and the Chinese Movie Market
I've got a serious soft spot for modern occult detectives. Investigating things that go bump in the night with a bit of first-person snark and a hefty dose of old-fashioned detective tropes? Trenchcoats and cigarettes and abandoned houses? Shady characters and dangerous liaisons? Sign me UP! I've been thinking about occult detective tropes because I … Continue reading Where are all the lady occult detectives?
Here it is, the second installment of the annual "every book I read this year" list! I read 32 books in 2017, if you count graphic novels, which is more than twice as many as I read in 2016! I'm pleased. Anyway. The rules here are: Books I finished are in bold. Books I skimmed or … Continue reading Every book I read in 2017
Like usual, you are alone in the Diner, and like usual, it is night. "What can I get you, sugar?" The waitress's skin is the color of a cigarette butt. Her lipstick is cracking. "Just coffee," you say. Your stomach grumbles, as if on cue. "And pie, if you've got it." She shambles back into … Continue reading EAT FOOD 12:51am