On My Bookshelf – The Power

This is a little late, but I've been busy - between settling into Kampala and preparing myself for this semester's never-ending flow of assignments, there hasn't been too much time for light reading. But I finished The Power, my female-authored pick for January, and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. …

On My Bookshelf – How Rich Countries Got Rich … and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

I try not to make resolutions every year, because I always break them, but I do think it's important to set goals. My three biggest goals for this year are to read more books, to support women-led projects, and to wrestle with difficult ideas outside of an academic setting. In 2018, I plan to tackle …

On My Bookshelf – How Music Works

I grew up listening to David Byrne. When I was six or seven, my dad would put on Stop Making Sense, queue up "Take Me To The River," and dance and sing wildly to the rhythmic jam. Byrne's willingness to collaborate with everyone from Brian Eno to St. Vincent to Thievery Corporation to Arcade Fire makes him …

Spinning Now – July 2017

The year is more than half over, and at this point, it's safe to say that 2017 has brought us some pretty great music. We've heard the dark pop of Lorde's Melodrama, Kendrick's back-to-basics DAMN., a return to savage political rock by Roger Waters, and new folk-prog from Fleet Foxes - and that's just in the first six …

On My Bookshelf – The Vegetarian

The past two weeks have been super packed. I flew into JFK on July 9th, staying for a quick day in Connecticut before turning around and busing to DC to start working. A few days later, I was up in Jersey for a friend's birthday - almost fifty hours of travel in the course of …

Spinning Now – June 2017

June finds me in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on my first trip to the continent. I have less than a month left here in Africa before I return to DC to work and study for the rest of the summer, and the time is bound to pass quickly. Over the last couple of weeks, I …