I couldn't resist: Marquee is a beautiful publishing platform, though not without its flaws. While I figure them out, you can read my full 'year in review' (which includes thoughts on loyalty, social media, and why I think Jesus probably would have bought a smoke machine) here: 13 things about 2013.
On a side note, some of my favorite reporting I've done this year:
- Although discredited, gay conversion therapy remains an option for minors (MSNBC/Melissa Harris-Perry) -- Probably one of the most emotionally-powerful interviews I've done this year.
- Straight athletes for marriage equality (MSNBC/Melissa Harris-Perry) -- First interview done via Google Hangout. Really fun.
- Gay men are still barred from donating blood. Is it time to change the rule? (MSNBC/Martin Bashir) -- I learned a lot while doing this article, which is one of my favorite things about journalism in general.
- Sikh professor survives hate attack, 'This is not the Harlem I know' (MSNBC/Martin Bashir) -- Beyond inspiring.
And some of my favorite notes from a coffee shop:
- i get it now.
- "Mei gok - "golden land." A land of opportunity. My grandparents didn't do it for themselves; they did it for their children and their grandchildren, and the generations to come."
- when to say 'ni hao' to a stranger. (spoiler: never.)
- "It isn't cute, it isn't clever, it doesn't show her how worldly and suave you are. It makes you kind of a jerk: you're assuming, first, that she is Chinese--and no, not all Asians look alike. Second, you are acknowledging that you see her ethnicity before you see her as a human being."
- who is 'the girl next door'?
- "To those who continue to argue that we live in a post-racial society, it's important for them to take a careful look at this diverse portrait of America they see and use as their proof that racism doesn't exist anymore, and understand that there is still an unease about this "changing definition" of "being American" that exists beneath it all."
- we need to change the culture.
- "What can you say in response to a racial slur that is protected by others who don’t understand the offensive connotation behind the language they’re using? That’s when you realize that perhaps there needs to be a larger conversation so the possibility of a culture shift is in sight; and yet…where is that conversation in the mainstream media? Who’s talking about the anti-Asian statements still pervading society?"
See you in 2014...