Mary H. K. Choi is a writer for The New York Times, GQ, Wired, and The Atlantic. She has written comics for Marvel and DC, as well as a collection of essays called Oh, Never Mind. Her novels Emergency Contact and Permanent Record were New York Times bestsellers. She is the host of Hey, Cool Job!, a podcast about jobs, and Hey, Cool Life!, a podcast about mental health and creativity. Mary grew up in Hong Kong and Texas and now lives in New York. Her new book Yolk is out now.
On March 23rd, Mary will join Melissa Febos, Avi Loeb, and Nic Stone in our next edition of “Seriously Entertaining” where they will each tell stories tied to the theme “From This Moment On.” Register here for the show!
What are you reading right now for solace or escape or entertainment?
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata for the hard re-set and Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series.
If you could live inside a fictional world, which one would you choose?
Thank you, no thank you! Hard pass. I’m almost done with this place and it’s the devil I know.
Are there any quotes you use to inspire you?
“Do less.” I always think working to the point of exhaustion will guarantee some prize beyond exhaustion.