While in Mongolia ten years ago, I got addicted to savory manty dumplings. My friends joked that we’d start a dumpling stand & make dumplings from around the world… but then we realized that a food cart is a lot of work. I’ve dropped the job plan, but kept the name. And instead of cooking up sweet little dumplings, this blog gathers thoughts & stories that I hope are just as interesting.
I’m a librarian with degrees in anthropology and libraries, and enjoy researching social life, post-Soviet countries, genealogy, and plenty of other things. I worked for several years in Kazakhstan, and those posts are still very popular on this blog! I also have a mostly dormant blog of art showing curvy women in a positive manner at Shapely Women. A few other web credits:
- The rhetoric of luck among the 99 percent (Sociological Images)
- How to catch a street taxi in Astana, Kazakhstan (Matador Network)
- The internet for her: Amazon reviews as comedic genre (Pop Anth)
- Securing, sharing, and archiving ethnographic field data (Savage Minds/Anthrodendum)
- Selling dreams of the good life in Kazakhstan (Sapiens)
Many of my academic articles and presentation slides are also online. With that, note that this is a personal blog and doesn’t represent my professional life. I know professional contacts can find this (hi, friends!) but it’s not a portfolio. Instead, this blog is a record and reflection of a changing person over the past ten years, and a way to share out thoughts in a space that’s independent from larger media players online. I ask you to bear with me, with grace, and keep that in mind.