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I am my father's daughter through and through: in storytelling, in love for noodles, in dimples. I like to think we make the list of best father-daughter duos, alongside Lizzy and Mr Bennet, Belle and Maurice, and Veronica and Keith Mars, but with less drama. He's my best pal, so here's a Father's Day list of all the things we do on the regular.
- •Lunch.The best days are the days that my dad texts me to pick him up from work so we can eat lunch together.
- •Movies.He always buys the popcorn and finds the plot holes.
- •Grocery shopping.In which we spend a lot of time looking at junk food and thinking of ways to hide it from my mom.
Also known as the UPPERCASE.
- •Because if you don't believe in your words enough to shout them in all caps on the Internet to strangers, maybe you should think about them for longer.A matter of personal integrity.
I'm not as good an advocate for the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community as I would like to be. I'm trying to be more aware by filling my feeds with Asian actors, authors, influencers, role models, and also some actual models. (And the cast of Crazy Rich Asians!!!) Happy heritage month!
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"How can you read this? There's no pictures!" "Well, some people use their imagination." A compilation of my li.terary li.sts.
- •My dad and I love a good coming-of-age story. These are delightfully done and 1048759274 times better than any supernatural dystopian young adult trilogy on the market.
- •My dad is a cool dad who read me awesome fantasy books that flipped the status quo. His princesses were strong and his dragons were kind. By the time Harry Potter came around, I thought wizards were the bad guys so I never got on that train. Thanks, Dad, for teaching me the way of things and magic.
- •I wanted to list something peaceful with all that has happened in the world. This story always calmed me in my darkest times (age 8 was bad, long story). Read in the most soothing voice you know, or imagine my very calm dad.
Although we love https://li.st/cinderstina/goodnight-moon-1yN6JqoFduEzgUKpKxpO7H dearly, these are the pages my parents turned thousands of times for me as they taught me the importance of reading and the power of knowledge.
- •The Most Wonderful Egg in the World | Helme HeineMore than reading this book, I love my mother reading this book out loud.
- •Many Moons | James Thurber and Louis SlobodkinMy dad's first indie princess story for me, before moving on to Princess Hynchatti (see FANTASY BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT HARRY POTTER)
- •Chrysanthemum | Kevin HenkesChrysanthemum is a little mouse with a long name and a great family. I always felt connected to her, especially on the days when elementary school was unbearable.
It's called rebranding, I guess.
- •The Get Down by Baz Luhrmann.I will always show up for Baz (see WHITE MEN WHOM I TRUST TO WRITE A STORY TO WHICH I CAN RELATE and MY FAVORITE LOVE SCENES) and this new project is a dream. A dangerous, dirty, drug-filled dream, and oh what a beautiful one it is.
- •The Killers.It's not that I'm late to the party, it's that I'm still at the party even though a lot of people have gone home.
- •Riz Ahmed.I MEAN. (See https://www.theguardian.com/stage/video/2016/may/03/riz-ahmed-edmund-king-lear-now-gods-stand-up-for-bastards-shakespeare-video) I've never realized how much I love Edmund. Almost as much as I love Harry Hotspur.
Because the world needs more solidarity in many places, I am making a little scene of solidarity here on li.st for those of you who have suffered from the latest update. I still have drafts and relists, I still am posting as often as I ever did, and I'm still on all my other social media too. But I'll dust off my drafts since you did as well:
It keeps growing, like a Hydra. For every book I read, I buy six more.
- •The Winter of Our Discontent | John SteinbeckSlowly reading my way through the Steinbeck Canon. Not as wacky as Tortilla Flat, but not as resonant as Of Mice and Men. Maybe I can't relate to the old money New England families as well as I can relate to the poor California families? But his writing is beautiful, and I read it around the same time I saw Richard III. It is interesting to me what a man will undertake to be successful. It felt very masculine, like a cologne made out of words, but cologne can be nice.
- •Newt's Emerald | Garth NixA delightful Regency romance with some literal magic mixed in. (Appears in my list: FANTASY BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT HARRY POTTER.) I read it in one sitting, during Jury Duty, and if there's one thing that's gratuitously wonderful about civil service, it's being able to read good books in one sitting.
- •Strong Female Protagonist | Molly Ostertag and Brennan Lee MulliganA great webcomic (http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com) published into a very nicely bound edition. Alison Green, aka Mega Girl, has superstrength, a pixie cut, and a feminist agenda while she tries to understand what it is to be a woman, but moreover a human, in this world. Reminds me oh so much of my best friend, Alison, who is actually pretty much the same person.
Alas, poor kettle corn! I knew him, Horatio.
- •The toast landing jam-side-down.
- •Losing an earring.
- •Thinking there was more in the cup but it's empty.