WSM staff picks
Here’s what the staff of Washington State Magazine has been reading, watching, and listening to since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
Larry Clark (’94 Comm.)
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (Gallery Books, 2017) – Haddish’s comedy shines through some rough times in this memoir. I was laughing out loud during several parts.
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner (Harper, 1972) – A classic of science fiction and environmental destruction
Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein (Tachyon Publications, 2019) – I enjoy a good novel about fiction becoming reality, and obsession. Goldstein’s words are gripping and, at … » More …
What’s comedian and podcaster Kelsey Cook (’11 Comm.) listening to, and watching, during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s her list:
Middle of Somewhere—My favorite comedy podcast is hosted by two incredible comedians: Chad Daniels and Cy Amundson. Start from the beginning, and you’ll be hooked immediately.
Timesuck Podcast—This podcast is so hilarious and informative. Dan Cummins is one of my favorite comics and does a deep dive into everything from historical figures to serial killers to cults.
“This pandemic has exposed every weakness in our food system,” says Nicole Witham, statewide coordinator of the Washington State University Food Systems Program. “It has exposed every supply chain issue”—especially early on.
“Food wasn’t showing up at food banks,” says Witham (’10 Int. Des). “Grocery stores were experiencing shortages. All of a sudden, our team was doing food-system response work,” including involvement with a statewide task force.
When lockdown orders first went into effect, Witham says, Washington state’s small farmers “lost all of their restaurant accounts and many of their wholesale accounts right off the bat. Many had to switch to online farmers market platforms or online sales.”
While traditional … » More …
Podcasts by Squeak Meisel
If you can’t come to the artist, the artist will come to you, thanks to a series of podcasts produced by Washington State University Fine Arts department chair Squeak Meisel.
Called Fly on the Wall, the artists interviewed on Meisel’s podcast have shown their work at some of the biggest venues in the world, such as the Venice Biennial. They come to the Pullman campus, teach for a few days, work one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate students, and give a public lecture.
But Meisel realizes that not everyone has time or ability to … » More …