Multimedia Designer & Storyteller

Posts in Storyteller Series
Pears of My Youth: A Personal Essay

Let me ask you: Have you ever tasted a perfect pear? If you had, you would feel as tormented as I do – like Adam cast out of an Eden that haunts him in dreams and rumbles his stomach when he looks over the shoulder of the angel guarding the gate with a fiery sword, keeping him from the most perfect of places, the most delicious of fruits.

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Book Review: Lavie Tidhar’s ‘Central Station’ and the Faith of Robots, Cyborgs and Aliens

Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station, published in May, threads the needle between two approaches to science fiction storytelling. His novel is constructed as a character-focused mosaic with surprisingly intimate portrayals of humans, aliens, robots, cyborgs, and beings called Others, whose DNA makeups are nothing but code, 1s and 0s.

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Storyteller Series: Instagram's @EverydayDPRK and Life Inside North Korea

No storyteller has brought me closer to North Korea than the remarkable, collaborative work of the photographers who contribute to the @EverydayDPRK Instagram account. The account was started by David Guttenfelder, a prize-winning National Geographic Photographer who used to work for the Associated Press in North Korea.

In the photos posted to this account, we see glimpses into the lives of ordinary North Koreans. Spending time absorbing their details has helped me -- more than ever before -- see the humanity of a nation often portrayed through an impersonal, political lens.

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