I joined Andrew Ti’s podcast for a thoughtful, grumpy chat about the International Value of Minority Casting (BLACK PANTHER!!!) and what it means to be more Indian-Indian than Indian-American.
THE IDIOT, by Elif Batuman: Because her extended metaphors tickle the best part of my brain.
THE WINDFALL, by Diksha Basu: Because the central character, a middle-aged, overnight, tech millionaire, IS India.
HOME FIRE, by Kamila Shamsie: Because it portrays contemporary immigrant culture across 3 countries but I read it in 2 breathless sittings (THIS! IS! DRAMA!!!)
MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz: Because I miss Agatha Christie, and England.
THEFT BY FINDING by David Sedaris: Because he has always noticed everything.
A letter to a young woman who (justifiably) wants to give up on a career in entertainment this week: please don’t.
Are you sick of me talking about my short film yet? Or are you like WHERRRRRRE IS THE TRAILER? well, it’s your lucky day!
Given the longer format of my column, I don’t often get a chance to answer the smaller questions sent my way, but this conversation with my old friend (and client!) Josh Ruben on his Mindhouse podcast covers a lot of ground: The Marvelous Jack Black, why shooting tape before a pitch is always best, what question I get most often, what bugs me the most about the industry, and what I miss about being an agent (my expense account). Hope you enjoy.
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