3 Things: Cixin Liu, Mindy Kaling, Ora DeKornfeld / by Chris Duffy


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This week's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas looked at culturally-responsive education in Austin, Texas and the success of dual-language programs. You can stream the episode now on HBO. Link

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SOLD OUT Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I'm at Uptown Showdown, a comedic debate. This month the topic is thinkers vs feelers and features me, Aparna Nancherla, Bowen Yang, Julio Torres, and more.

Saturday, June 8 at 9 p.m. at The Brick. I'm back for another month of Monster Mash, Carley Moseley's super fun show of snacks from a guest chef and improv from NYC's best comedy writers. Link

Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Join me in the audience for Liz and Mollie's book talk and discussion about emotions at work for No Hard FeelingsLink

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This week’s list

I'm halfway through The Three-Body Problem and I can't put it down. It's the first book in a best-selling Chinese sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu, a former engineer at a power plant in Shanxi. The book is "set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, [as] a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens." My friend Max described the book really well, saying that the ideas are interesting but also the storytelling itself is completely different from how an American sci-fi novel would be structured. I haven't read anything quite like it. Read an excerpt here: The Three-Body Problem

Mindy Kaling has already established herself as one of the comedy greats, from her role inThe Office to The Mindy Project to her best-selling books. But she's only getting started. This is a great profile of her in Vanity Fair, where she talks about her multiple new movies, TV show, and everything else she's got coming down the line. Mindy Kaling in Full Bloom

Ora DeKornfeld is one of my favorite documentary filmmakers. She's working on a longer doc right now about Scott Warren, who is facing up to 20 years in prison for providing water to undocumented immigrants in the Arizona desert. While the longer piece is still in progress, a short multimedia piece featuring her work came out in The New York Timesthis week and it's stunning. To Stop Border Crossings, the U.S. Made the Journey Deadlier

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