Weekly Wanderings: September 16, 2016

▪ There’s a crisp bite to the air in the mornings here now and the trees across from my house are beginning to acquire a rust-color tinge. This can only mean one thing: FALL IS COMING. Woot woot woot. I’m especially excited this year because Michigan is known for its apple cider mills, and there’s … Continue reading Weekly Wanderings: September 16, 2016

Romance in Hong Kong, Both Light and Dark

When thinking about the world’s most romantic cities, Paris and New York probably leap to mind—they are, after all, familiar settings for romantic comedies and novels. But a new book and movie, both released this weekend in tandem with Valentine’s Day, use Hong Kong as the backdrop for their love stories and prove that the … Continue reading Romance in Hong Kong, Both Light and Dark

Ms. Magazine blog: “The Faulty Logic of China’s Most Radical Experiment”

I have a new post at the Ms. Magazine blog, a review of journalist Mei Fong’s recent book, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment. An excerpt: On Oct. 29, 2015, the Chinese government announced that it was moving away from the one-child policy it had enacted more than 35 years before. After nearly four decades … Continue reading Ms. Magazine blog: “The Faulty Logic of China’s Most Radical Experiment”

LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot

While I really enjoy television shows that tell spy stories (Alias, Chuck, The Americans), I very rarely read spy novels. They tend, I’ve found, to be long and tedious: covert action that can be carried out fairly quickly and clearly on screen often takes many pages to describe in print. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed two spy novels … Continue reading LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot