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…

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…

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…

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…

The Damming of the Xingu

Chief Raoni weeps after hearing that the Belo Monte dam, the world’s third largest, will be built. (Photo courtesy of the Support Chief Raoni Facepook page) After decades of debate, the Brazilian government has chosen development and electric power over the Xingu River’s eco-system and the culture and history of the Kayapo people. (If you watch…

Works for the People

“I cut my hair…it’s a sign of mourning. I’m mourning for my people because they are dying…we have no choice for our source of food, we have no control over our land…it is held in trust by the Federal government…it gets complicated, very complicated, colonialism does and genocide.” –Oyate Wacinyapi (Russell Means), Oglala Sioux activist…