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Chronicling 2019

Chronicling 2019

This post is my feeble attempt to chronicle all the cultural experiences that have enriched my year (so far).

What I’m Reading


  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  2. Educated by Tara Westover

  3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

  4. The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr

  5. The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

  6. Black No More by George Schuyler (teaching this book)

  7. Chasing a Croatian Girl by Cody McClain Brown

  8. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

  9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (rereading because it’s one of my favorites)

  10. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

  11. Plainsong by Kent Haruf

  12. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

  13. There There by Tommy Orange

  14. City of Girls by Liz Gilbert

Magazines and Other Publications

I have a handful of publications that I regularly read, though this list is not exclusive.

  1. The Atlantic

  2. The New Yorker

  3. Afar

  4. National Geographic Travel

  5. St. Louis Magazine

  6. The New York Times (I especially love the Sunday Times.)

Travels and Other Things I’m Enjoying


I normally try to see a few different regions of the world each year, but in early 2018 I visited Mexico City for the first time, and I cannot get enough of this city, so this year is full of return trips to CDMX.

  1. San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, February (for a writer’s conference)

  2. Cuba, March

  3. Mexico, late May - early July

  4. Portugal, late July - early August

  5. Mexico City, October


  1. Kehinde Wiley, St. Louis Art Museum

  2. Graphic Revolution, St. Louis Art Museum

  3. Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis

  4. Christine Corday: Relative Points, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis

  5. Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis

  6. Museum of the Revolution, Havana

  7. Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City

  8. Castle of Chapultepec National Museum of History, Mexico City

  9. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

  10. Museo de Nacional Antropología, Mexico City

  11. Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

  12. Museum of Mummies, Guanajuato

  13. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato

  14. Museo Iconográfico del Quijote, Guanajuato

  15. Museo Textil de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City

  16. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City

  17. Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City

  18. Museo de Antropología y Historia, Merida

  19. Soumaya Museum, Mexico City

  20. Museo Jumex, Mexico City

  21. Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City

  22. Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City

  23. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

Theater and Concerts

  1. “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure",” METRO Theater Company

  2. “Perfect Arrangement,” R-S Theatrics

  3. “Beauty and the Beast,” Ignite Theatre Company

  4. “Legally Blond,” LHS Theater Department

  5. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra with Karen Gomyo

  6. “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Belleville West Theater Department

  7. “Bach in Motion,” The Bach Foundation

  8. Ballet Folklórico de Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes

  9. Guanajuato Bach Festival, Teatro Juarez


  1. Roma

  2. Everybody Knows

  3. Compilation put together by Big Eyes Big Minds International Children’s Film Festival

  4. Hotel Mumbai

  5. Faces Places

  6. Toy Story 4

Clase de Español

I’ve been playing around on Duolingo for years but finally decided to sign up for an actual class this year, and it’s been the greatest decision I’ve made this year. I’m slowly learning more words and making sense of the order of words in sentences.

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