Why I Haven't Been Blogging

I have been blogging on and off for 16 years. Before settling on this WordPress site, I cycled through Xanga, Livejournal, Tumblr, and Blogger, among other blogging platforms. Reading and writing have always been my window into the greater world & my way of finding community. The first poem I remember writing was a persona … Continue reading Why I Haven't Been Blogging

Immortality, lost and not quite found

Yesterday, I spent over two hours injecting cancer cells into mice, looking through a glass barrier in full, identity-erasing protective gear. As I did this, I listened to a Longform interview with Wesley Yang, of "Paper Tigers" fame. When the Longform hosts introduced him, they noted how unique he is among their interviewees in his … Continue reading Immortality, lost and not quite found

Update: The Bone Lab + forthcoming publications

Woohoo! Our podcast The Bone Lab is listed as "New and Noteworthy" on iTunes! Check out the first episode here. This past weekend, we also went to Mission Science Workshop, and I interviewed some really smart and interesting people, including a 9-year-old who was unwittingly telling me about circuits. As for my creative writing projects, … Continue reading Update: The Bone Lab + forthcoming publications

The Improbable American Dream: Independence Day reflections

"You were born with [an American passport]," my cousin said over WeChat yesterday, "So you will never understand those who desire it so much." I will point out that my cousin was born in Australia and now lives in Makati, the wealthy district in Manila, with two live-in maids. His father, my uncle, is a tenured professor … Continue reading The Improbable American Dream: Independence Day reflections