2018 Vulture Festival Los Angeles: Sunday

For pop culture junkies, it’s easy to go way too hard at the Vulture Festival knowing that you could be getting the inside scoop on Syfy’s Deadly Class one moment and touring Grand Central Market with Phil Rosenthal and Nancy Silverton the next. We learned our lesson from last year and paced ourselves accordingly on Sunday, focusing on a handful of the festival’s returning “signature” events. Read on for some of our favorite moments from Day Two.

Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay Host Feminist AF

There’s nothing like a good walkout jam, and co-hosts Amber Tamblyn and Roxane Gay nailed it with a throwback to M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” as they took the stage alongside guests America Ferrera, Ada Limón and Carmen Maria Machado for their Feminist AF reading series. Gay began by reminding the audience that just last week, 110 women were elected to the United States Congress. This transitioned nicely into a reading of “Be a Good Boy,” from the collection Forty-Four Stories about Our Forty-Four Presidents; the flash fiction piece centers around an intimate moment between John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie in their White House bedroom as John considers how the building does not feel like home.

Poet Ada Limón captivated the audience with “How to Triumph Like a Girl,” a visceral evocation of female strength through the image of an “8-pound female horse heart.” Though the poem was written several decades ago, it was recently published in her collection Bright Dead Things and won a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Carmen Maria Machado followed with her self-described “hit single,” “The Husband Stitch,” from Her Body and Other Parties. The story—whose title refers to an extra stitch given during the repair process after a vaginal birth, supposedly to tighten the vagina for increased pleasure of a male sexual partner—plays on the schoolyard tale of the girl who wears a mysterious green ribbon around her neck.

Pants-sharing BFFs America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn closed out the reading series, each sharing intimate, emotional essays. Ferrera read an excerpt from her personal contribution to an anthology she recently edited, called American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures; the essay discusses a trip to Honduras when Ferrera encountered her estranged father’s grave by happenstance. Tamblyn followed by taking us back to Election Night 2016—a night she spent at the Javits Center in Manhattan amongst fellow Hillary Clinton supporters, watching “Katy Perry anxiously chew[ing] on a celery stick.” Tamblyn’s essay, from her upcoming collection Era of Ignition, follows her journey through carrying a pregnancy to term post-election and her worry about keeping her daughter safe in this world. She ended her reading by playing a recording of her daughter’s heartbeat, eliciting heavy sighs and a smattering of sniffles from the audience.

Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast Live!

At this point, our Vulture Festival experience wouldn’t be complete without an absurd musical number from Rachel Bloom. Thanks to Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino of Off Book—an improvised musical podcast, just like the tagline says—a lucky handful of folks got to experience just that, in an oddly fitting velveted lounge in the basement of The Hollywood Roosevelt.

McKenna and Reino are forces of improv nature, spinning a hilarious melodic tale about Disneyland’s Tower of Terror ride right before our very ears. There was fantasy! There was drama! There was a song about STDs! At one point, they even sang a number about being forces of literal nature with McKenna’s “Lightning” and Reino’s “Thunder” shepherding special guest Bloom along in her role as “Hurricane.” I can definitively say that I’ve never seen or heard anything like it. And, as McKenna and Reino told the audience, it’s impossible to experience that exact musical ever again.

The One-Oh

The One-Oh: The Pride Edit


The One-Oh: 01. Zanele Muholi Somnyama Ngonyama 02. Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer 03. Fluide Beauty Blue Duo Set 04. Sophia Wallace Storm Pin 05. NOTO Botanics Agender Oil 06. Personals Instagram + App 07. Hearts Beat Loud 08. Hayley Kiyoko Girls Like Girls Lapel Pin 09. Queer Appalachia Electric Dirt Zine 10. Chani Nicholas Horoscopes

After geeking out over text message about the Hearts Beat Loud trailer with Dinner Party contributor and self-described “Boston-based queer witchy woman” Lacey Oliver, we decided to bring back DP’s One-Oh column in honor of Pride Month by highlighting our favorite LGBTQ artists, musicians, business owners, and other badass folks working on a variety of innovative and inspiring projects. And yes, before you say anything, we know that Pride Month is *technically* over. But when you find yourself that excited about so many queer-led enterprises, it sometimes takes an entire month—including dozens of texts, a few hours on FaceTime, and an in-person meeting in New York City—to sift through all of your ideas. Needless to say, it was tough whittling this list down to ten, but here are our picks to help you celebrate Pride Month all year long.

It’s easy to hate on Instagram marketing, but when it brings you true gems like the trailer for Hearts Beat Loud, a movie Autostraddle describes as the “quirky, queer rom-com we all deserve,” you can’t help but thank the algorithm gods for their generous and all-too-appropriate gifts. Lacey points out, “Why are lesbian movies always a goddamn tragedy? I just want a happy ending.” Bless this movie for finally giving us just that: two queer young women of color (played by two queer young women of color!!) in a heartwarming, tender coming-of-age story. You can also largely thank Instagram for giving us Personals, a revolutionary queer dating platform—soon to be an app—that combines the creativity of old-school personal ads with social media’s accessibility and wide reach, as well aFluide Beauty and NOTO Botanics, two cosmetic brands that cater to all gender expressions and explicitly seek to support the LGBTQ community, both with their publicity and financially through a portion of their profits.

In terms of visual artists, Zanele Muholi and Sophia Wallace have been around for some time now, but these two keep pushing boundaries and kicking ass in the art world. Like Lacey and I, you may be familiar with Muholi through Isibonelo/Evidence, her solo show at the Brooklyn Museum in 2015 that aimed to create visibility for black lesbian and transgender communities in her native South Africa. Muholi’s most recent project, Somnyama Ngonyama (Hail the Dark Lioness), seeks to investigate “what it means to be black, 365 days a year,” a subject that undoubtedly challenges the rest of the white dudes who unfortunately still dominate the field. Similarly, Wallace’s Cliteracy project, a deeply polarizing mixed media work which began back in 2012, has continued to push back against the patriarchy in the most explicit manner possible—by celebrating “the overdue, under-told story of the clitoris.”

On the musical front, we admit that you’ve likely already heard of multi-hyphenates Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe. After all, the latter has been all over the news lately, and Lacey jokes of the former, “I’m worried the queers will come for me if I don’t include Hayley on this list.” But we really can’t help gushing over these two ladies and their new albums (and the accompanying visuals), which are both equal parts subversive, hella sexy, and just plain queer as fuck.

Chani Nicholas’s horoscopes and Queer Appalachia’s Electric Dirt zine are two fascinating projects that take intersectionality to the next level. Lacey describes Nicholas’s work as “astrology with a social justice lens,” and Nicholas herself says: “I aim to make astrology practical, approachable, and useful. Otherwise it’s all just cosmic hot air and planets far from reach.” Likewise, Electric Dirt “seeks to celebrate queer voices from Appalachia and the South,” and their collective is comprised of folks from an incredibly diverse network, such as those identifying at the intersections of femme, dyke, nonbinary, faerie, Latinx, fag hillbilly, farm femme, and dirt witch. Lacey and I met as students on a college campus on the Cumberland Plateau, and we both know on a deeply personal level the difficulties, stereotypes, and contradictions that surround discussions about the region, particularly in light of the 2016 presidential election. Projects like the Electric Dirt zine give us both a glimmer of hope that the resistance is everywhere, even hidden deep within the forested mountains of the Appalachians.

And finally, an honorable mention goes to Ocean’s 8. Because in case you hadn’t heard, it’s pretty gay.


Yours in the Sisterhood: An Evening of Female Storytelling at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery


There’s nothing quite like driving into the Hollywood Forever Cemetery after dark, under the light of a blindingly bright full moon (or, more precisely, a super blue blood moon). Along with about a hundred other women and allies, I tiptoed around shadowy graves to the Masonic Lodge for the first meeting of The Secret Society of the Sisterhood, a new monthly storytelling event featuring an incredible lineup of iconic, diverse women.

Without revealing too much about the meeting—it is, after all, a secret society—the evening’s stories all revolved around a central theme, “Reclaiming My Time.” A few highlights: Jade Chang took us on a deep dive regarding the true insidious nature of the slightly pervy but seemingly innocuous punchline, “That’s what she said.” Last-minute replacement Del Harrison gave us her honest opinion about getting involved with men on cocaine. Spoiler alert: it ain’t pretty. Mara Wilson told a story about the time she came out to her parents—and they were, to her surprise, not that surprised, thanks to a comment from her childhood charm school teacher. And Randa Jarrar gave us a glimpse into the world of BDSM, a community where she felt safe, compared to “the vanilla stuff that was scary, undiscussed, unnegotiated.”

Candles were lit. We took a group oath. Somebody quoted Ursula Le Guin. Another invoked Beyoncé. There were some tears and many, many laughs. At one point, I had a friend hold my cup of wine because I was laughing so hard I needed to clutch my gut with one hand and fan myself with the other. If that’s not enough of an endorsement for you to attend the next meeting, I don’t know what is.

The Secret Society of The Sisterhood will meet once again by the light of the full moon on March 1st. The lineup includes author and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman, writer and producer Gloria Calderón Kellett, actress Nicole Byer, and former rock and roll groupie Pamela Des Barres—with more sisters to be announced soon! Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. For more information, please visit The Sisterhood’s website.


Secret’s Out: The Secret Society of The Sisterhood Comes to Los Angeles


If your interests include storytelling, celebrating human connectivity, and hanging out with a group of brilliant, diverse women in a cemetery under the light of a full moon, this event is for you. On January 31st, The Secret Society of The Sisterhood, a monthly, topical storytelling event, will launch its inaugural meeting at The Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The Sisterhood brings together some of the most iconic women of our generation to read or perform something prepared for the theme of the evening. The theme for January 31st is “Reclaiming My Time.” Special guests for this month’s meeting include a handful of celebrated and prolific multihypenates:

  • Mara Wilson, star of Matilda and critically acclaimed author of Where Am I Now?
  • Jamie Lee, comedian, writer, and star of the hit TV show Crashing and author of the bestselling book Weddiculous
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste, singer-songwriter and Academy Award-nominated actress
  • Jade Chang, celebrated author of the The Wangs vs. the World
  • Our Lady J, songstress and accomplished writer and producer for HBO’s Transparent
  • Randa Jarrar, award-winning writer and author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali

Trish Nelson, writer, performer, and founder of BanterGirl, created this event series and will be hosting the evening. Nelson is also one of the people who recently came forward about abuse in the service industry, speaking out against Ken Friedman in the The New York Times. Her experience is one of the things that motivated her to create the new series in Los Angeles.

Chevalier’s Books, L.A.’s oldest independent bookstore, will be at the event, selling the works of lineup members, in addition to a curated selection of titles from other must-read female authors. A number of female artists will also be on site to create pieces during the event that will help capture the evening’s experience for audience members. Those items will be featured and available for sale in the lobby after the show. And to top it all off, ticket holders will be invited to an intimate post-show gala with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Eastern Star Room.

Proceeds from The Sisterhood events will go to various female-centric charitable organizations. For the January 31st gathering, proceeds will be donated to WriteGirl, an organization developed to help young girls find their voice through creative writing mentorships.

The Secret Society of The Sisterhood will commence on January 31st at 8:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. Parking is free (yes, really!) onsite. For more information, please visit The Sisterhood’s website.


Homelands, Handmaids, and HerStories at the 2017 LA Times Festival of Books


With a captivating lineup, on-point panel topics, and several hundred book lovers willing to brave the rain, last year’s Festival of Books was certainly hard to beat. Though arguably, this year’s iteration may have been even better—and the sunny weather was only the beginning. The two-day event featured a similar format to years past, but some literary all-stars, including Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, George Saunders, and Chuck Palahniuk, added some heft to the 2017 offerings. Panels this year discussed a whole slew of topics, ranging from the evolution of feminism, the role of memory in globalized migrations, and, as expected, discussion on who some authors have deemed “he who must not be named.” The DP crew had to make some tough choices regarding who to see, but in the end, we felt pretty great about our selections.

The Future is Female

Rebecca Solnit (Men Explain Things to Me, A Field Guide to Getting Lost)Lindy West (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman), and Betty Fussell (My Kitchen Wars, The Story of Corn), moderated by Joy Press (LA Times)

Solnit addressed the most recent presidential election very early into the conversation and pointed out that the word “crisis” in old-school medicine refers to a sudden change in the course of an illness that could become terminal but could also mean that something is on the road to recovery. She observed, “There is a level of engagement that has extraordinary possibilities right now,” noting that “fifty percent of young people in this country are not white, and they are not gonna be nice to conservatives and the alt-right.”

West said that she had to make “corrections” to the paperback edition of her new book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, since “you can’t just present this book [a feminist memoir] without contextualizing it ‘post-incident.’” The author added a new introduction right after the election, creating a sort of “time capsule” for that moment in history. Further, she noted that it would be a “misreading to say that the election defeated the feminist movement.” However, she, as a white woman, is likewise cautious about being too positive since she likely will not experience the same oppressions exacerbated by the election that target women of color.

West and Fussell also discussed how it took them a while to come to terms with identifying as a “feminist.” West said she did not call herself a feminist “until she was 21, 22.” It took Fussell even longer, for the bra-burning, man-rejecting stance of radical feminists in the ‘50s “didn’t fit” with her personal experiences. Nonetheless, she now sees that feminism today is “fluid, the future…is way beyond our old categories.”

George Saunders in Conversation

George Saunders (CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Tenth of December) with Carolyn Kellogg (LA Times)

Saunders spoke primarily of his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, a “kind of scary and kind of funny” work that draws from both the Tibetan tradition of the bardo, a purgatorial concept of sorts, as well as fictionalized portrayals of figures from American history. The author conducted a fair amount of research for the novel, stating that he needed the “historical stuff…to ground things the crazier the supernatural got.” However, he admitted that the factual components of his novel represent his understanding of the subjects rather than any sort of expertise.

“My thing on fiction, the main trick is to keep the car out of the ditch,” Saunders stated. That is, the author has to develop an internal sense of whether the reader is still paying attention or not. “If you’re writing and you encounter a problem, it’s the best thing that could happen…you need to stop over-managing, and let the book speak for itself,” he said.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Laila Lalami in Conversation

Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) and Laila Lalami (The Moor’s Account)

Nguyen and Lalami appeared to be a natural fit for a panel: both are foreign-born writers who come from academic backgrounds, and themes from these experiences frequently take center stage in their work. Not to mention, Lalami’s 2014 novel, The Moor’s Account, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, which Nguyen’s The Sympathizer would go on to win in 2016. The pair discussed how folks often asked them about “master texts” from the literary canon—Graham Greene’s The Quiet American for Nguyen and Paul Bowles’s novels for Lalami—and the fact that they both sought to examine these works closer to discover the true stories of their proxies, the subaltern who are only spoken for by the colonizer. Lalami said that one must take great care to examine descriptions critically and “to read between the lines of the accounts” in order to discover truths about the colonized. Nguyen talked further about the fact that speaking for someone “is a dangerous act…an act of appropriation” that one could easily get wrong, something that even he faces when writing about experiences that are not his own.

Nguyen and Lalami also talked about the role of the past in stories of displacement and war, noting that refugees and immigrants alike have to deal with a “country that you know is frozen” in memory. Moreover, the authors agreed that the role of the past takes on an even more complex dimension for refugees since they did not choose to leave their countries voluntarily. Nguyen observed that Vietnamese refugees are frequently “plagued by memory” and often end up “looking backwards more than forwards”; this notion comes up literally in the form of a ghost in Nguyen’s “Black-Eyed Women” from his short story collection The Refugees. Lalami extended the discussion by summarizing a piece she wrote for The New Yorker about taking her citizenship oath at a place that once served as a holding center for Japanese-Americans in WWII before being transported to internment camps. In the piece, she ties the idea to the travel ban targeting Muslims, observing that folks tend to have short memories and make the same mistakes over and over.

The Handmaid’s Tale from Page to Screen

Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake) and Bruce Miller (showrunner for the TV adaptation) with Mary McNamara (LA Times)

If it wasn’t apparent from her inclusion in this panel, Atwood enthusiastically endorsed the TV adaptation of her bestselling novel, stating that television in particular “enables…for adaptations that aren’t squashed into a short period of time” since the audience has “time to follow characters” with the “slow development of emotions and crises.” The trio onstage acknowledged that the production values for TV are incredibly high nowadays compared to years past, which allowed for Miller and his team to create beautiful cinematic moments within a terrifying—yet visually stunning—universe, where the moments of horror are even more pronounced.

Miller also discussed the show’s two deviations from the book: casting the Commander and Serena Joy as younger and creating a multiracial cast in general. Of the former, Miller said that he wanted to increase the desire, sexual tension, and jealousy between the couple and Offred, complicating their tangled relationship even further. As for the multiracial cast, Miller believes that it would not have made sense to do otherwise since the show is based in the present day. Additionally, he mentioned that Samira Wiley played a major role in the decision. The actress, who plays Moira, gave such an excellent audition that it spurred Miller to rethink the demographics of the show’s universe. “I think it’s correct thinking,” he stated.

And how was it proposing these changes to the author of such an iconic work of literature? “I didn’t go to the bathroom all weekend,” Miller joked.


Lit Ladies: A Reading List for International Women’s Day


There’s a lot going on in honor of International Women’s Day, but if you’re unable to participate in today’s many, many activities, know that it’s totally 100% okay. As a friend so aptly put it, “[M]any (if not most) women do not have the luxury of not working or not engaging in unpaid/paid work on International Women’s Day.” May we suggest as an alternative that you head to your local library and pick up a book by a female author? After all, there is still very much a palpable bias against women in the literary world. Below, you’ll find some suggestions, compiled from DP contributors’ personal favorites from recent releases (as well as an older, but no less informative pick).

Vaginas: An Owner’s Manual by Carol Livoti and Elizabeth Topp. An oldie but goodie, this resource from an OB/GYN-writer (also, mother-daughter) team discusses sex, abortion, STDs, and other anatomical matters in a conversational, no-nonsense manner. Do note, however, that this book is largely geared towards cisgender women.

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates. This book stems from the online project of the same name and combines smart political writing, a wealth of vital statistics, and compelling personal narratives for a globally-minded view of the discrimination women face on a daily basis.

Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie’s latest effort began as an actual letter to a childhood friend, covering a range of matters from gender roles and choosing toys to the Black diaspora and developing a sense of identity.

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti. Blogger and feminist writer Valenti covers much the same ground as Everyday Sexism, albeit through the intimate lens of a memoir from a woman who has so often found herself the target of hostile threats in a public forum.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy. A Bechdel-approved memoir, New Yorker writer Levy recounts a tale of womanhood, grief, and remarkable resilience in this darkly humorous tome.

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang. Chang states that she “wanted to write a different type of immigrant story” for her debut novel, a clever, hilarious effort that will both tear at your heartstrings and make you laugh out loud.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen. Jensen compiles forty-four of the best feminist essays, poems, comics, and drawings for a volume that features such diverse perspectives as Roxane Gay, Laverne Cox, Wendy Davis, and Wendy Xu.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Through the eyes of an unnamed narrator, Smith offers a graceful, globe-trotting narrative with her latest effort, a novel peppered with social commentaries that she has touched upon in the past but now tackles head-on with a confident sophistication.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. Never shying away from provocative titles (re: the Chris Brown essay), Gay’s short story collection examines the lives of women and their intersections with matters of race, gender, and class.

Un/Masked by Donna Kaz. Playwright and Guerilla Girl Kaz (a.k.a. Aphra Behn) tells her story of abuse, survival, and her awakening to radical feminism in this poignantly honest memoir.


Puddles, Peaches, Parks, and More at the 2016 LA Times Festival of Books


As sensitive as Angelenos are to rain, attendance at the 2016 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books impressed, well, everyone. On Saturday, the first day of the festival and one of the rainiest days of the year, scores of blue umbrellas dotted the USC campus, with each umbrella representing a new subscriber to the Los Angeles Times. What could best be described as dogged determination permeated the crowd. In my mind, I kept thinking “I love books far more than I fear a commute down the 405 in this weather”—and the rest of the book-lovers at the festival probably felt the same way.

With dozens of booths representing different authors, newspapers, radio stations, and more, patrons scurried about, visiting as many as they possibly could in this weather. Naturally, those that provided the best protection from the rain seemed to receive the highest patronage. After a brief stop at the information desk, I darted in a makeshift book store (I believe it Skylight Books) to decide my next course of action. As I thumbed through the list of scheduled talks and events, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum. There are only so many hours in the day, and the festival offered way too many things that caught my eye.

Since I was feeling adventurous and rather outdoorsy, I settled on a very helpful talk from the National Park Service at the Travel Smart Stage.

The Future of National Parks

Michael Liang (National Park Service) in conversation with Christopher Reynolds (LA Times)

Fitting for the National Park Service, the stage was open air, and on it, Michael Liang, dressed in the green and khaki uniform seen across the country. Liang immediately addressed several challenging issues the National Park Service faces: poor attendance, park disrepair, and underrepresentation of minority visitors. After a brief Q&A, the talk ended in a fun game of “Name that Park” with images selected by Reynolds and guessed by Liang. The talk left the audience eager to see and protect a precious national resource.

San Bernardino: Covering the Story

Sarah Parvini, Paloma Esquivel, Joe Mozingo, and Jack Leonard (LA Times), moderated by Megan Garvey (LA Times)

As a new resident of Southern California, this event marked the beginning of my stay in a new home. This was by far the closest I have ever been to such an incident. It left me feeling—disoriented, to say the least. As many remember, there was initially very little information about the shooters and the victims. I wanted immediate answers to my questions and concerns. Why was it taking so long for news agencies to give us answers? This conversation shed some much needed light on reporting and the ethics of reporting.

One of cornerstones of the conversation was on deciding what to report. It was decided that the San Bernardino Shooting was a story worth reporting. As reporters, the group of panelists commented that they are often faced with tragedy and reporting tragedy. How do you justify sharing someone’s personal tragedy to the world? The general consensus to this question was a question. “What if I don’t tell this story?” This question was asked again and again, with the feeling of a mantra. What if the San Bernardino Shooting had never been reported?

Another theme the panelists touched on was responsible reporting. I often don’t take the time to reflect on the amount of time and research required to tell a story such as this. The audience was educated on the amount of information or lack thereof that reporters have to sift through in order to make a story digestible to their readership. They discussed speculations and how experience teaches reporters what to pursue and what is the responsible or factual item to report. They talked about their families and admitted that at times personal relationships affect how and what they report. It was refreshing seeing the unfiltered humanity behind the prestige that is the LA Times.

The Future of Food

Jonathan Gold, (LA Times), Alice Waters, (Chez Panisse), and Sara Smith (Institute for the Future), moderated by Mas Masumoto (Masumoto Family Farms)

This was a 45-minute talk on food and speculation on how and what we will feed ourselves in the near future. No, it wasn’t science fiction with hints of soylent green being just around the corner. It was these authors’ opinions, based on years of experience. The general consensus and theme amongst the panelists was that more and better food education is needed. In the United States there is a great disconnect between farm and table, and it needs to be bridged to live healthier and more environmentally conscious lives. They were far from uniform in their opinion on how to achieve this.

Sara Smith advocated for technology in the form of handheld mobile devices to help consumers understand the quality and history of their food. Smith discussed recent advancements in handheld scanners, allowing consumers to determine the freshness and origin of their food by scanning a barcode. Alice Waters and Jonathan Gold seemed to prefer personal knowledge gained through experience. Waters is pushing for early food education in elementary schools. Gold emphasized the importance of labeling foods as well.

Many items were discussed amongst the panelists, giving the talk the feel of conversation amongst friends who all love food. And of course, Masumoto professed his love for peaches at every given opportunity. They discussed the California drought and its effects on farming, stricter environmental regulations, and moratoriums on fishing certain species of fish. The talk ended with a few quick questions from the audience. Leaving, I didn’t feel like the future of food was dark, green, or bright—just something we need work at to make better.