What Did I Miss?: April 2019


The Disappointment Episode | Captain Marvel, Battle Angel Alita, Happy Death Day – I receive a mention (and, unexpected to me anyway, an apology) from co-host Melissa Slaughter for not taking on “The Karate Kid” for the focus of this month’s episode of the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast. The mention is heard near the end of the episode.

In Tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral – The Instagram account for the People to People Travel Program quoted my travel journal excerpt from when I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, in tribute it being partially burnt down earlier this month. To see my tribute where the excerpt is first seen, check it out here.

Published Works

Amy Tan Reflects on the Book and Film Anniversaries for “The Joy Luck Club” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I had the absolute honor and pleasure to speak with the New York Times Bestselling author on the two anniversaries of the releases of her debut novel and its film adaptation.

Review of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan– For Goodreads, I give my thoughts on reading this poignantly powerful novel for the first time in a decade.

Review of Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – For Goodreads, I dive back into the post-apocalyptic Sixth World as I go over my thoughts about the epic follow-up to Trail of Lightning.

In Homage to Robin Williams

I have been debating for the past few hours as to whether or not I should write anything about the passing of Robin Williams.  So I finally decided to come up with this little homage to him.  I feel like what’s already been said about him has been said; about how sad his unexpected death is and the enormous legacy he leaves behind.

I wasn’t an adamant fan of his, but his face and voice have definitely made notable appearances and last impacts in films when I was growing up; from “Hook,” to “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Happy Feet.”  He had a distinguishable charm that could capture an audience in an instance, and that is something- amongst many things- that he shall be remembered for.

I leave with you this clip from “Hook,” when the Lost Boys have realized that their original leader has returned to Neverland.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, it’s been reported that Robin Williams has died of a successful suicide attempt, following a bound of depression he’s been suffering from recently.  This could have been prevented if he had gotten the right help, which is why I want to say this: If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, there are people there who can help.  Don’t ever feel ashamed to ask for help: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 

RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)

In Tribute to Maya Angelou

I couldn’t pass up today without doing a quick post about this.  Whether a writer or not, everyone has heard of, and have at least read one book, by Maya Angelou.

photo retrieved via Wikipedia
photo retrieved via Wikipedia

Maya Angelou, the woman who graced us with her lyrical words and books about growing up in the Jim Crow South, while proving herself to be a Renaissance woman, died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She was 86-years-old. Continue reading “In Tribute to Maya Angelou”