On physics and how wildly hard it is

Physics is so hard that it's almost a joke. Not because there's anything inherently funny about it---there's nothing funny about it. But you have to not take it seriously. It's absolutely necessary to survival. Otherwise the true impossibleness of it would be crushing. The way forward is to just laugh (and cry if needed) at… Continue reading On physics and how wildly hard it is

I wrote this for a journalism program

This fall I participated in this awesome journalism program. (If you live in the DFW area, it's called Storytellers Without Borders.) There were eight of us high schoolers in the program, and we were paired with actual journalists as mentors. Over the course of nine or so weekly sessions, they helped us through the process… Continue reading I wrote this for a journalism program

So many mini-reviews

Out of the following 12 books, 6 are historical fiction, 5 are non-fiction ( 1 collection of essays, 2 memoirs, 1 true-crime/narrative non-fiction, 1 psychology), and 1 contemporary romance. Where is the fantasy and contemporary YA and middle-grade? Weird. The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson Keywords: historical fiction, 1947 London,… Continue reading So many mini-reviews

Super long non-fiction books

For the past three years, I've read one super long non-fiction book every year. I wouldn't call it a tradition yet because I feel like it takes a solid ten years for something to become a tradition, but it's at least in its toddler stage. (A toddler tradition!) In 2016, I read Team of Rivals;… Continue reading Super long non-fiction books

Four great short documentaries

For Christmas last year, I asked for a subscription to the New York Times. One of my favorite things-maybe the favorite thing-about being a subscriber is the Op-docs. Op-docs stands for opinion documentaries, and they're these fifteen-minute-ish videos about various subjects that I usually know nothing about. They're amazing. Documentaries are something I want to… Continue reading Four great short documentaries