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Part Two of the Dinner Party Special Edition Outtakes & Excerpts Series. I’m back in the San Gabriel Valley to have dinner with a good friend. Ivy—she’s just moved back from two years teaching English in Korea, and she’s living temporarily in our hometown of Arcadia while contemplating her next move. I live only about … Continue reading SGV

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three

Dearest readers, I must admit that I felt some major fatigue during this last leg of watching the final eleven Oscar-nominated films and remaining two shorts categories. As with the last batch, I dreaded having to watch some of these films, for reasons outlined below. But, I finished—and found myself pleasantly surprised by a handful … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Two

In Volume One, I discussed the fourteen films I saw before the Oscar nominations were announced. Those were films I had wanted to see on my own before I decided to challenge myself to watch every single Oscar-nominated film this year. For this round, I’ll be discussing twelve features and one shorts category, which I … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Two

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume One

As a costume designer who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, it should come as no surprise that I love Oscar season. In grade school, I wore prom dresses while watching the telecast in my living room, and in college, I invited friends over for Oscar-watching parties. Once, I … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume One

Afternoon Rainstorm Beneath the White Tent (Again): Dinner Party Does Frieze LA

Articles on commercial art fairs almost always start with some variation of, "It's easy to hate on [insert art fair here]," and Frieze is no exception. To a large degree, this statement rings true—and not just because an art critic is attempting to make some lofty, highbrow commentary about the debasement of visual art through commodification. … Continue reading Afternoon Rainstorm Beneath the White Tent (Again): Dinner Party Does Frieze LA

Think Piece Roundup: Marie Kondo and The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I'm fascinated by America's current fixation with Marie Kondo. I've been familiar with the KonMari method for years now, from an old boss who eagerly anticipated getting their hands on the English translation of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up back in 2014. And though I had an inkling that Kondo's gentle, thoughtful approach to organization … Continue reading Think Piece Roundup: Marie Kondo and The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Coping Isn’t the Goal: Jameela Jamil and the Violent Narrative Against Women’s Bodies

On a cold November morning halfway through my sophomore year of high school, I was sitting in a hospital examination room feeling an acute sense of relief when a doctor told me I was not allowed to go out for basketball season. I’d lost too much weight to make physical activity viable. This relief was … Continue reading Coping Isn’t the Goal: Jameela Jamil and the Violent Narrative Against Women’s Bodies