What to Read When You're Infatuated - Leesa Cross-Smith's gorgeous Every Kiss a War plus Simone de Beauvoir's love letters to Nelson Algren, Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, and Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation.
What to Read When You Can't Think of Anything But How the World Has Gone to Hell - Taking comfort in Eduard Galeano's miniatures of global history, Children of the Days
Friend Break-Up Book Salve - Reading Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend to get over platonic heartbreaks
The Hundred Wells of Salaga: Ayesha Harruna Attah, ancestors, and difficult legacies
Books As Medicine -The great, great American writer of the classic The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
Indian Americana of Neel Patel, If You See Me, Don't Say Hi
Fatima Farheen Mizra, (A Place for Us) on being edited by Sarah Jessica Parker and Shia lady warriors
7 Books that Illuminate the People and Places on the US-Mexico Border - Stunning, saddening, and desert-crisp novels, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry about one of the most crossed and most contested lines in the world. Books by Luis Alberto Urrea, Francisco Cantú, Yuri Herrara, and others.
Novels to Feast On - Food-leaning fiction by Mo Yan, Ntozake Shange, Monique Truong, and others
Literary Afterlives- Posthumous Books by James Agee, Zora Neale Hurston, Malcolm X, and Mikhail Bulgakov
Alone Time-What to Read When You Crave Solitude
2018 Original Netflix Binges - 7 Short Story Collections to Read This Year.
Harper's Bazaar Malaysia
Everything that's Important - Personal essay on moving and shifting between minimalism and maximalism.
In Between Dreams - Interview with Tamil-Igbo writer Akwaeke Emezi, author of the novel, Freshwater.
Studio Cookups - Interview with Malay Ho, beat maker and producer behind Frank Ocean, John Legend, Sam Smith, Zayn Malik, Alicia Keys and others.
Mystic Stones - Crystals' wisdom from Style Rituals' Colleen McCann, Energy Muse's Heather Askinosie and others.
New York Times Book Review - Review of Mia Alvar's In the Country
From the Archive
In London and New York, I reported on fashion, art, culture, money, and people for style.com, Grazia, Forbes, Chicago Tribune and others. Below are highlights:
Before Vogue Runway and the current e-commerce incarnation of Style.com, I covered people and Fashion Weeks in London and NYC for the site. Especially exciting was chatting to Bill Clinton about sustenance, being blown away by Oprah's luminosity at the New York Public Library Lions gala, and hanging out at Marc Jacobs' holiday parties.
Fashion Week Revealed - Republished by San Francisco Chronicle, the local newspaper of my favorite American city in which I've not yet lived.