By the way:
When I was little, I went by “Katie,” and now I’m a Kate. My full name is the very Greek Katina Zoe Antoniades.
Some of my favorite words:
Crepuscular. Schadenfreude. Verisimilitude. Palimpsest. Galactagogue. Bildungsroman. Ampersand. Anachronism. Sanctimonious. Persnickety. Flibbertigibbet. Gerund. Umbrellabird (along with other unusual bird names like Bananaquit and Ovenbird). Taco Cat.
You’re likely to find me reading:
Long-form journalism at Longform.org. Books and articles about the human brain and the practice and history of medicine. New York magazine & The Cut & Vulture. The Washington Post. Entertainment Weekly. Lots of movie reviews (usually after seeing the movies rather than before). Nonfiction books about cheery topics like the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 or a group of hikers who disappeared in the Russian Ural Mountains in 1959.
A few of my random projects:
- We Love Rochester invites people in my hometown to share what they like about living here. I’m up to contributor #101.
- Movie posters + cats + puns = this.
- Art + cats = this.
My 15 minutes (or rather, few minutes) of fame:
- My tweeted contribution to #RuinARealityShow in June 2014 (part of Hashtag Wars on Comedy Central’s @Midnight, R.I.P.) was deemed “one of the funniest” by StyleCaster.
- A Change.org petition I created in 2015 asked Apple to remove racist ringtones from the iTunes Store and garnered about 2,300 signatures. The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed me for a story — and Apple removed the ringtones soon after (which I choose to believe wasn’t a coincidence). I even got mocked on San Diego talk radio. How many of you can say that?
- The abovementioned We Love Rochester blog has gotten some press mentions, and in 2016 it gave me the chance to talk about Rochester on local TV.
- My name appears in a 2009 amicus brief filed for a Supreme Court case. (The brief was filed by the Humane Society of the United States, where I once worked, and referred to an article I wrote in 2006.)