Stories: September 18-24

The most exciting thing that I had the chance to do last week was head to Sotheby’s in Century City to check out a slice of David Bowie’s art collection. I was practically born a Bowie fan, so seeing the art that he loved and thinking about how it must have inspired him was a wonderful opportunity.

Read more: “10 Things David Bowie’s Art Collection Says About Him”

Recently, I interviewed Aisha Tyler by phone. I’ve enjoyed her work since Talk Soup, so this was assignment was a treat.

Read more: “How Aisha Tyler Became Podcasting’s Ultimate Guy’s Girl (While Doing a Million Other Things)”

I spent a lot of this week interviewing, transcribing and writing, so there will be more to come soon. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for updates. For tips and other inquiries, please email lizohanesian@yahoo.com.

Thanksgiving Message

Yesterday, I posted the following in my personal Facebook page.

Since it’s that time of year, I wanted to say thank you all for being awesome. Some of us have known each other for most of our lives by now. Some of us have never met in person. Yet, you’ve all managed to make the day-to-day drudgery of work a little bit more entertaining. Thanks for the funny little updates about your day, weird videos, selfies and memes. Even your cat pictures and kid updates are cool, and I’m allergic to both. I hope to see more of you in person more frequently soon, but we can talk about that later. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving. Have an awesome weekend and KIT, or something like that.

I wanted to repost and expand on this because the message goes far beyond my circle of Facebook pals.

I’m grateful to live in a world where we can share our life experiences with faraway friends and people we will never meet in person. As annoying as Internet life can be, it’s changed who we are and how we relate to each other.

At its best, this whole swirl of Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr madness can be the push we need to become more compassionate, empathetic people. In the physical world, we’re divided by geography, industries, social circles, age groups. Online, we can get a glimpse inside the lives that we don’t see on a day-to-day basis. When we use these technological gifts to their fullest advantage, we learn as much about each other as we do about ourselves.

All that means is that I’m thankful for you and how your stories have made an impact on this reader/snooper this year. For those of you in the U.S., have a great holiday. For everyone else, hope you have an amazing rest of the week.

Weekly Recap: Hobbits, Gorey and SDCC

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I had four assignments due on Monday. Two of those involved event coverage, for the Edward Ball and The One Ring’s Oscar party respectively. That meant a few days with pretty much no sleep, but it was worth it.

Lord of the Rings Fans Hold Their Own Oscar Party, With Elves, Hobbits and Middle Earth Drinking Songs”

“Edwardian Ball 2013: Gorey Meets Steampunk Meets Burning Man Meets Jazz Age Meets EDM Meets Just About Everything Else”

I also wrote a piece on Thom Yorke’s collaborations for MySpace.

“Killer Collabs: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Runs Amok”

And then there’s stuff that isn’t out yet. I had another piece due today, so, overall, that’s five assignments in one week, more than I’ve had in a while.

Aside from that, all the Comic-Con stuff started happening this week. I got my press badge confirmed, plus my SDCC roommates and I scored a room. I’m more excited for SDCC this year than I have been in a while. We’ll see what happens.

On the Los Animales front, things are going pretty well. We’re getting a lot more traffic than I think either of us expected. People seem to be liking the characters. Next Friday is our launch party at Underground, so we’ll be busy getting ready for that. Plus, all the drama in Los Animales will start to unfold next week, so stay tuned.