Tag: history

  • We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans and Comedy

    We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans and Comedy

    Rating: a generous 3 out of 5 starsCW: occasional strong language and crude humor I’m truly torn on a rating for this one . . . The first 1/3 was truly gripping and interesting. I flew right through it. The last 2/3 was a bit of a slog, and if I was not reading it […]

  • Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

    Willis Wu is a first-generation Chinese American whose dream is to become a movie star. Not just any movie star, but the role of Kung Fu Guy—the pinnacle of Asian acting, according to childhood memories. It turns out those memories weren’t so off-base, at least in Hollywood, and Kung Fu Guy is hard to get […]

  • North Korea’s Hidden Revolution – Jieun Baek

    This was a great book on North Korea, far more encompassing than I expected. It aggregates many personal accounts into a cohesive but careful picture of life in North Korea today, focused especially on how foreign media is smuggled into the country. The policy and psychological analysis were truly fascinating, and I felt the author […]

  • Never Powerless: Václav Havel’s Open Letters – Part 1

    A kind of bi-polar political thinking is becoming more and more common in today’s politically polarized world…everyone is expected to be unquestionably loyal to the position he belongs to or has been assigned to. Václav Havel wrote that in 1986. You know I’m not a loud person, but when I read that, I could’ve opened […]

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