On Heritage – A Review of J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy

Dear Anita, One of the things I love most about our friendship is how different we are as people. Despite being born and raised within sixty miles of each other, we come from vastly different backgrounds, and being invited to partake of your Taiwanese heritage highlights the nuances of my own white, lower- to solidly-middle…

On Idols – A Review of David Sedaris’s Calypso

Dear Anita, I came across my first David Sedaris book (Naked) in 2009. It was sitting on the bottom shelf of the staff recommendations section at Book Buyers in Mountain View, California, a place I had just moved to after two harrowing post-college, deep recession years spent in LA. I was feeling jaded, worn down,…