On race and writers’ conferences

Recently, I attended a journalism conference during which I learned, among other things, that writers, despite all our bragging about being keen observers and dependable recorders of fact, are on the whole, no more enlightened when it comes to making observations about race–or if you want to avoid generalizing, I suppose, no better at talking…

Waterslide

The waterslide

If life is a waterslide, it’s one of those half-tube shaped ones with sides that curves up over your head and blocks the view of what’s to come. Birth and early childhood is sitting in the gurgling pool of water at the top waiting and waiting for the adult with the whistle to tell you to push…

Photos by Rob Jordan.

Lucky Peach at Williams Sonoma

To celebrate the launch of the Seashore issue, Lucky Peach put on a night of readings, oysters, and many martinis at the flagship Williams-Sonoma store in San Francisco. This was my part: I also put on the first annual Spot the Abalone Contest: Spot the reds! from Tienlon Ho on Vimeo. How many do you see? If you’ve…

Lunch time

Happy holidays!

One of the things I work on is supporting educational opportunities for kids in a poor, rural village in Southern China. Five years ago now, my dad, sister, and I visited my dad’s hometown and seeing the lone primary school staffed with teachers who couldn’t afford chalk and that was overloaded with kids, many of…

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Backing up in Yahoo!

Well, you gotta admit, this is a little ridiculous. Yahoo! provides this method for backing up your email: To sum up steps 1 through 6, Yahoo! instructs us to employ the ingenious techniques of “cut and paste” and “print.” The third option is exporting through a program like Outlook. At least this can serve as…