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Sandra Tsing Loh

  • Los Angeles is the nation's cultural scapegoat.

  • ... living in Los Angeles was like being an extra in a movie that was starring other people entirely.

  • Recently it was pointed out to me — in a kind of hurtful way, to be honest — that people in Los Angeles are aurally challenged. That is, at social events, we simply do not listen to others. We do not ask them questions about themselves, we do not nod attentively when they speak; really, if we were to examine ourselves, we would realize that we simply have no interest in others at all.

  • Nowadays, it is possible to perform various forms of Low-Impact listening via the telephone. The advent of technological advances such as computer games and online services (like ones that let you check stocks) have enabled Low-Impact listeners to endure family phone calls much longer than in the past. Dangers include mouse clicks, heavy typing, or a sudden loud buzzer that goes off when you have finished Boggle.

  • ... here are the top three global resources getting scarcer in the twenty-first century: ozone layer, rain forest, people eager to read the fiction of others. That's right, folks. For the first time in I believe written history, there are far more fiction writers on earth than fiction readers.

  • Panic is efficient. Panic is effective. Panic is the way I get things done! Panic attacks are my booster rockets!

  • Parental anxieties: A timeline. Pre-1800s: Potato famine, death of entire villages. 1900s: Trying to keep dad's job through depression so entire family does not starve or have to sell off children to agribusiness. 2000: Infringement of Parenthood on sense of Personhood.

Sandra Tsing Loh, U.S. writer, actor, performance artist, pop-culture analyst, radio commentator

(1962)