Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, & the Dawn of the Modern Woman

I know it’s Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic film, but I never was a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (blasphemy, I know). When I first saw it a few years ago, I just didn’t find it as enjoyable as her other films. Plus, of course, there’s the icky racist Asian character played by Mickey Rooney. I do,Continue reading “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, & the Dawn of the Modern Woman”

Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

She was the first black woman to sing on radio and the first to perform on Broadway, but Ethel Waters would never be considered a conventional beauty or remembered for having a timeless voice. As a “race woman” who suffered more than her share of racist encounters growing up — even witnessing a lynched bodyContinue reading “Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters”

The World We Found

Attending college in 1970s Bombay, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta had the whole world before them. They were smart, idealistic, inseparable activists who were determined to fight for social change. A couple of them had boyfriends that they would later go on to marry, but most importantly, they had each other. Thirty years later, timeContinue reading “The World We Found”

To a Mountain in Tibet

To a Mountain in Tibet is famed travel writer Colin Thubron’s latest travel memoir, which takes Thubron deep into western Tibet to visit Mount Kailas. Though the mountain itself has never been climbed–it is sacred to Tibetan Buddhists and therefore off limits–thousands of Hindus and Buddhists make the physically rigorous trek there every year toContinue reading “To a Mountain in Tibet”