This week in journalism, Sept. 14, 2016


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It was my friend Jairo’s birthday yesterday so here’s a photo of us from Saturday. He’s clearly mastering the fake candid shot better than me. Photo by my bff Alan.

Hi, friends. I hope September is treating you well, so far. As I type this, I’m listening to Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (AKA the greatest album of the decade so far and possibly of all time?! Probably!) so I’m having a great day.

Anyway, here’s what I read this week — apologies for the scant list. It’s been a busy week.

  1. 15 years later, Sept. 11 responders might be sick and not even know it” by Alison Bowen for The New York Times, 9/9/16: Following the reauthorization of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — for which President Obama extending funding through 2090 — more and more of the brave first responders from the catastrophic 9/11 attacks may only be realizing their illnesses now.
  2. Inside the Gentrification of Grand Central Market” by Jesse Katz for LA Mag, 9/9/16: How Los Angeles’ beloved marketplace went from a center of authentic, rich ethnic foods of the city’s earliest immigrants to a hub for trendy, millennial-friendly food vendors.
  3. Mansplaining: how not to talk to female NASA astronauts” by Lauren Bates for The Guardian, 9/13/16: When men try to tell professional women how to do their jobs. (Honestly, why do most men talk to women like they’re trying to teach them something? *side-eyes most men I’ve dated*)
  4. Who’s Really Pulling the Strings (and Pressing “Send”) on the Social-Media Accounts of the Famous?” by Josh Duboff for Vanity Fair, October issue: How social media have made our most beloved celebrities and public figures more easily accessible. But it may not be as genuine as we think.

Shameless self-promotion bonus: “LA Fil-Ams join in global protest against Marcos hero’s burial” by Klarize Medenilla for the Asian Journal, 9/9/16: Anti-Marcos activists around the world are urging President Duterte not to authorize the hero’s burial for the late president in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Hero’s Cemetery), a special cemetery for highly regarded former soldiers, military personnel and presidents (think the PH equivalent to Arlington). I covered the LA protest and spoke with survivors of the atrocious 11-year period in which martial law was in effect.

Have a great week. Be kind to food service workers.



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