On the Google layoffs

I work at Google. This is very definitely my own perspective. Last night I dreamed I was visiting a far-away corporate office. The campus landscaping was green and precise, the architecture sleek industrial, the cafes full of local delicacies. The office buildings were multi-story, with elevators and tall windows looking out over the city. It … Continue reading On the Google layoffs

Reading notes: a biography of Freya Stark

I’ve just finished reading a biography of Freya Stark, an adventurer & travel writer in the 1900s. I’m struck by the beauty of Stark’s writing, where it’s excerpted - and by how a biography can itself seem outdated, more than even the content it’s writing about. Perspectives on British imperialism, World War II, marriage, homosexuality, … Continue reading Reading notes: a biography of Freya Stark