Writer. Photographer. Adventurer. Rice Enthusiast.

Specialties: China, international development, poverty alleviation, microfinance, education, sustainable agriculture, emerging tech, social enterprise, food justice, data analysis, ethnography.

Interests: em dashes, one-hit wonders, endorphins, sliced onions, public radio, overnight trains, hyphenated identities, 汉字, nostalgia, the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.  learn more




CURRENT: seattle, wa

At night, what you see is a city, because all you see is lights. By day, it doesn’t look like a city at all. The trees out-number the houses. And that’s completely typical of Seattle. You can’t quite tell: is it a city, is it a suburb, is the forest growing back?
— Jonathan Raban


Every returning New Yorker asks the question: Is this still my city? I have a ready answer, cloaked in obstinate despair: It is. And if it’s not, I will love it all the more. I will love it to the point where it becomes mine again.
— Gary Shteyngart




Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
What Never Leaves
Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Sleepwalk and Other Stories
Summer Blonde
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
A Visit from the Goon Squad
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Out Stealing Horses
One Hundred Years of Solitude
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dance Dance Dance
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Moor's Last Sigh
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Global Farms Race: Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
The Great Gatsby
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age
The Book Thief
The Year of Magical Thinking
Memoirs of a Geisha
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline