Wrapped: Some Things I Liked in 2020

2020. What a year! So much has happened, and yet it feels like nothing has happened. Did time and space collide, hijack the rollercoaster we were all on, and kept us going through the loops? It's the last day of the year but it doesn't feel like we're getting off the ride just yet.  But in any ca…

A Comedy Masterclass in Podcasts: Part 2

Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend , Episode 13: Stephen Colbert I've been meaning to write about this episode since the first time I heard it in 2019. And I've attempted to do so in the many times I've gone back to it since then. It's a fantastic  episode, not just of "Conan O'Br…

Tough Enough: Women on Unsentimentality, Affections, and Ambition

First Women   by Kate Andersen Brower; Tough Enough   by Deborah Nelson;  Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Unearthing our old e-reader from 2010 was definitely a welcome highlight this quarantine. Cleaning out the master's bedroom (after the herculean task of organizing mine) made me find this: a classic B…

29

Joan Didion, writer and my own personal hero, echoes in "Goodbye to All That"  about 28: That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it has counted after all, every evasion and every procra…

Current Distractions: First (few weeks) of October

Six months ago, it was almost entirely impossible to imagine that I'd be welcoming my birthday month still stuck at home. But here we are, in the middle of October, uncertain still about what lies ahead. Angrier, more anxious than ever. Not surprisingly, as another way of coping, I've found myself sl…

A Postcard from the East Coast

I received a postcard from Concord, New Hampshire the other day.  It was from another graduate student from the LLM program I got admitted to. We got in touch through the law school's admissions office via email a few months ago, before the reality of deferral dawned on me, and before their cla…

Current Distractions: First of July

Are we really more than halfway through the year? Quite unbelievable what the last almost one hundred days have caused and cost us. It has really been difficult, in previously unimaginable and unprecedented ways. We are all forced to find ways to cope, to heal, to survive - easier for some, and crushing f…

A Comedy Masterclass in Podcasts: Part 1

Back in the "old normal," driving through the hellish Metro Manila traffic required a certain level of calmness, which on most days (and nights) for me meant listening to podcasts. It started out as a nostalgia thing - I wanted to relive my college years by listening to late-2000s The Mornin…