Tribute to my girl,partner,buddy,wife Sumiko Obata-Rest in Peace

Sumiko Obata RIP girl

Sumiko Obata RIP girl



Let me, a journalist, get personal – this was a hell of a girl, grew up in Japan, came to America for college and died to young from colon, brain, bone, lung, liver caner.  This is the good story as my friend Ilya Chaiken reminded me should be told — this is who she was in life before she was sick – photos, captions — check this and remember her, least I, we can do for her.


Ah, I don’t need Yaddo, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Jonathan Karp. I’ve got my version of two turntables and a microphone: A website and a little WordPress blog

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If an article appears on and Wikipedia won’t cite it does Kevin Heldman still  get to call himself a reporter when people ask him what he does for a living?
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