Secret Letters – Congratulations Pine Tree Episode 91

Interviews, Reporting

I made my audio debut in June 2016 with a contribution to the Bay Areas #1 arts and culture podcast, Congratulations Pine Tree. Listen to the full episode here.


The End is Here — What About Post-graduation Pay Checks?


Graduation is quickly approaching and the only thing on graduating students’ minds, besides completing their thesis or studio work, is what’s next?

In February, the U.S. Labor Department issued an encouraging jobs report. It highlighted that 236,000 new jobs had been created in the U.S., far more than many economists’ predictions. Also, the unemployment rate fell from January’s 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent, the lowest level since December 2008.


Reporting, Reviews

In its modern incarnation, “Midway” typically specifies a section of a county or state fair detectable by the abundance of artery-clogging food, weirdos slinging black light posters, and some form of mud-related entertainment. One might speculate that the word’s origin lies south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but the common noun “midway” in this context actually dates back to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, apparently the first of its kind to feature a separate amusement area.

Chicago Humanities Festival


Dorothy Allison — November 3

“By the time I was 10 I had figured out that my hope chest wasn’t aimed in the same direction as everyone else’s and that life was going to be hard and complicated,” explained author Dorothy Allison on growing up gay in South Carolina. Allison, author of popular and critical successes “Bastard out of Carolina” (1992) and “Cavedweller” (1998), writes about growing up poor and different in the South and all of the impossible hurdles that come along with those designations.

Trans-forming — Dr. Susan Stryker Lectures on the History and Evolution of Transgender Studies


“Technology is changing our embodiment in really interesting ways,” Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and groundbreaking academic Dr. Susan Stryker explained at the end of her packed lecture at the Sullivan Galleries on October 3. She went on to describe the growing interest transgender studies has in the ways that technology complicates the division between the human and nonhuman.