yoisthisracist_1600x1600_cover-1024x1024I 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.


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.

(via Splitsider)