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Humans Being Jordan Calhoun

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Humans Being Jordan Calhoun

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Welcome to Humans Being.

Humans Being searches for lessons in the most popular movies, books, TV shows, and more. Whatever you’re reading or streaming, this newsletter wants to be your companion to help understand the story and decide what to play next.

There’s Not Too Much
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There’s Not Too Much

The scale of modern entertainment is overwhelming. It’s a good problem to have.

I’m Jordan and I like stories. And I hope you do too, because I think stories are one of the most important engines for understanding and improving ourselves and others.

Before becoming a writer, I worked in nonprofits and served in the Peace Corps. Before that, I was a kid who watched an absurd amount of cartoons. My plan was to join the Foreign Service and live a life abroad, but I abandoned those plans to write and never looked back. (To my knowledge, the Foreign Service hasn’t made a single good cartoon.)

I have a B.A. in sociology and criminal justice, a B.S. in psychology, and a master’s degree in public policy. I’m editor in chief at the site Lifehacker and host of the podcast The Upgrade. My forthcoming book, Piccolo Is Black, is about growing up without diverse representation in media and the mental hurdles many of us leapt over to see ourselves in the stories we loved. It will be available for pre-order December 2. I live in New York City.

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