3 Things: Esmeralda Santiago, John McPhee, and Allison Keeley / by Chris Duffy


Happy Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting.

Upcoming Shows

The newest episode of You're the Expert features neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman talking with comedians Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins, and Negin Farsad. Link

My wife Mollie and her co-author Liz Fosslien wrote a book called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." It's out in 2019 but available for pre-order now: Link

I'm taking a little bit of time off from live shows for the holidays, but I'll be back and touring in late January. Once I announce them, you'll be able to find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

Last week, I got to see my friend Antonia Cereijido interview the author Esmeralda Santiago for the 25th anniversary of her memoir When I Was Puerto Rican. Santiago is an amazing writer, incredibly charismatic, and has so much to say about identity, education, and language. If you haven't read her book, I highly recommend it. Antonia also asked Santiago about a more recent event in her life. Eight years ago, a stroke left her unable to read. For a lifelong writer and actor, it was devastating. But "Santiago realized that she had gone through this experience, in a way, before. When she moved to New York City from Puerto Rico, at 13 years old, she spoke no English. If she could learn a new language then, she would be able to learn again." You can hear her tell Antonia about that process and reclaiming written language on NPR's LatinoUSA.  Esmeralda Santiago Relearns How to Read

John McPhee is one of my favorite writers. While he's certainly not a comedian, I think his nonfiction work has a great sense of humor. He tends to pick an extremely random topic (say, oranges) and then dive into an insane depth on it. A lot of the best comedians do the same thing, whether it's Jim Gaffigan obsessing about pie or Tig Notaro analyzing each and every vocal tic that goes into a "That's What She Said" joke. I finished McPhee's latest book, The Patch, and one section I particularly loved was about how desperately he wants to see a bear outside his house in New Jersey. Direct Eye Contact

Allison Keeley is a freelance journalist based in Mexico and she covered a wild story about the multi-million dollar world meteorite hunters for WIRED. "In the remote high plains of Peru, a red-hot chunk of rock plummeted from the heavens, making landfall with a tremendous blast. Half a world away, meteorite hunters like Robert Ward got word and rushed to get a piece of the action. Then things got weird." The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

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