Tabs open on your screen right now:
Spotify, Gmail, Links to NYT artickes re: Elián González, Twitter, Links to books/articles I need to read re: C.A migration, link to shoes I’ve been dreaming about buying, etc.
If you had to brag about yourself:
I tore my MCL in March. It’s October and I’m back to running 7.5 miles under an hour.
Your writer crush:
Claudia Rankine & Alejandro Zambra every day.
“Cuando todo era nada, era nada el principio,” from the Soda Estero MTV Unplugged. It’s a dope ass cover. This album is such a good writing album.
Any place in the world:
Anywhere near water with mountains/cliffs/volcanoes in distance or near the shore. & the possibility of watching dolphins/whales, & jumping in the water, doesn’t matter how cold.
Favorite online places right now:
Just subscribed to NYT this year and also discovered the magic of podcasts. LatinoUSA and RadioAmbulante are my go-to’s.
Postcards from abroad.
Your rituals (writing or not):
Music or NPR first thing after waking up. Listening while showering. Listening while driving/subway/any sort of commute.
Least impressive thing about you:
I can’t play any sort of musical instrument to save my life. OR sing, but I do it horribly anyways.
Favorite space to write:
Noisy cafés. The noisier the better. Preferably with a beautiful ceiling and a window table or bar.
What should we know:
Every immigrant is a human being that deserves citizenship.
Guilty literary pleasure:
Chani Nicholas & Susan Miller horoscopes the moment they’re published. Any sort of horoscope really.
Best book nobody talks about:
Clandestine Poems by Roque Dalton.
Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Esperanza from House on Mango Street. First time I felt seen in a book when I read it freshman year of high school.
Last time you lied:
Pretended I already had plans.
Question you secretly want to be asked:
What are you obsessed with at this very moment?
Elián González, how his journey affected my own 1999 migration journey.