Miscellany

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.orgBooks and articles about the human brain and the practice and history of medicineNew York magazine & The Cut & Vulture. The Washington PostEntertainment 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.)