Month: January 2018

TueNight 10: Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is a woman of many, MANY reaction shots  (see above — and get your own Sally gif here!) Her face basically says what all of us are thinking. A progressive political pundit on CNN, host of the State of Resistance podcast, former community organizer, and an occasional contributor to TueNight, Kohn has a brand new book coming out in April called The Opposite of Hate (you can pre-order it now!). The book is part of her mission “to do something about the overwhelming hate and animosity in our culture,” and help us all to rise above it. These days Sally tells us she is, “trying to catch up on sleep and try this thing I’ve heard about called exercise. I spent the last year writing a book and the year before that helping cover and comment on the election and now am gearing up for an exciting book tour in the spring. So I need sleep. But who doesn’t? In between naps, I try to make the world a better place.” Sally’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A …

TueNight 10: Deborah Copaken

After bleeding out and nearly dying this summer before fleeing to Nepal to heal, Deborah Copaken liquidated her 401K and bought herself a few months of health insurance and reassessment. Since then, she consulted with Darren Star on a new TV show; co-wrote a TV pilot with former Rolling Stone editor, Will Dana; wrote an Op-Ed for the Washington Post about sexism in the family court system; and created an unexpected viral sensation with this story in Medium. She also completed a sample chapter and proposal for a new memoir, LADYPARTS, which her agent just sent out on Friday, so fingers fucking crossed. She’s been doing a ton of photography as well, shooting photos in Nepal and corporate headshots, party, and author photos in NY, plus installing a 4’ x 5’ blow-up of a Nepal photo into the home of the doctors who helped save her. She’s starting a new photo project called SMILPh’s (Single Mothers I’d Like to Photograph), which you can support here on Patreon, if you so wish. She was just on Good Morning America last week, promoting her most recent book, THE ABC’s OF PARENTHOOD, which she co-authored and co-shot …

TueNight 10: Amy Choi

Amy S. Choi was 22 years old and working as a reporter in New York when an editor and colleague pointed out to her that there was an Amy Choi in Australia who was a porn star (good for her!) with a website (great!) but who had her same name (not good). Hence, Amy Choi became Amy S. Choi and Amy S. Choi studiously never asked what her editor was doing googling porn stars in Australia. Now, Amy is the editorial director and co-founder of The Mash-Up Americans, a website, podcast, and creative studio that explores race, culture, and identity in America. “We’re trying to get at a specific truth: What makes us who we are? The challenge is, who we are is always a moving target.” Truer words. Here is Amy’s TueNight 10.  1. On the nightstand: A month’s worth of earmarked New Yorkers. All About Love by bell hooks. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. My Baron Fig journal. But no pen. I don’t actually like to write in bed. My nightstand is, uh, aspirational. 2. Can’t stop won’t stop: …

TueNight 10: Stacy Morrison

At 48, Stacy Morrison never thought she’d still be figuring out what to do when she grew up. After all, she’d set her sights on being a magazine editor in fifth grade. “That sense of promise in my hands I felt every month with Seventeen magazine just hooked me,” she says. And she went on to have an award-winning career launching new titles (Time Out New York), reinventing old ones (Modern Bride, Redbook). But then, the ground beneath her shifted. “I left publishing first, and then publishing left me. And now I’m in my seventh year of WTF.” Part of that WTF has been consulting, working with clients like the music-and-yoga festival Wanderlust, or the parenting App WeeSchool, as well as doing individual coaching and writing. Author of the book Falling Apart in One Piece, Stacy has been a frequent contributor to TueNight since the very beginning, writing about everything from being crafty to owning her desire. Here’s Stacy’s TueNight 10, and here’s to all of us figuring things out as we go along. 1. On the nightstand: I’m rereading Infinite Jest, and …

TueNight 10: Greer Hendricks

After 20 years working at a major publishing house, with an impressive stable of best-selling authors (Jennifer Weiner, for one), Greer Hendricks felt restless. So, she quit. She’d long harbored a secret desire to write fiction herself, which she only shared with a few people, including her former author, Sarah Pekkanen. To Greer’s surprise, Sarah approached her about writing collaboratively. As she puts it, “I initially worried it would be copping out to work with someone else, that it would be less of an accomplishment.  Then I realized I would be crazy to turn down this opportunity.  While I had published a few personal essays and edited hundreds of books, I knew I had a lot to learn about writing an actual novel.” Their first book, The Wife Between Us, comes out next week, and has already received rave reviews. Here is Greer’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: My nightstand often looks like an unstable Jenga tower. At the moment, some of the books on the pile are Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan, Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, and The …