A rare weekend edition + reader survey

I’m super curious about what you’re liking (or not liking) so far

Hi, I’m Wing Sze Tang and you’re reading The Knowhow, a weekly newsletter about ambitious women doing noteworthy things, and other stuff I find fascinating. If this issue was forwarded to you, add your email below to join the list.


This newsletter is still at the baby stage—this is issue #11—but as I fine-tune the concept and format, I’m super curious about what you’re liking (or not liking) so far. e.g. Do you prefer getting short, newsy editions (like today’s), or long ’n’ leisurely issues with a one-on-one interview? If you have five minutes, it would be a major help if you took this reader survey. Thank you!

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NEWS FLASH

What I’m thinking about this week:

  • Coronavirus case counts are getting more dire by the day, but there’s (cautious) excitement over the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, touted as 90 percent effective. Here’s a no-hype rundown of what we know. (Since masking’s not over: I quite like the fit of these ones.)

  • The Miami Marlins’ hiring of Kim Ng will make her MLB’s first female and first Asian-American general manager. Underscoring how long qualified women are kept waiting, her rise to the GM role has been anticipated for years.

  • There’s an old-school rule that journalists should never become the story, but I want more dish on how Maggie Haberman—prolific breaker of Trump scoops—does her job (besides guilt-tripping her sources). She has a book deal, of course.

  • Thanks, I hate it” is the reaction to the world’s first memorial sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of feminism. The same artist, Maggi Hambling, made a widely loathed Oscar Wilde monument, so equal (mis)treatment?

  • The Queen’s Gambit—the Netflix miniseries everyone’s binging right now—is “inspiring a wave of new chess fans, especially women.” (Intro lessons here if you need another pandemic distraction.)

  • Before watching I Am Greta, I noticed all the one-star IMDb reviews, mostly personal attacks, caricaturing the climate activist. But in the new doc, we see Thunberg’s many sides: the shy yet galvanizing speaker, the teenager laughing off her haters, the sensitive kid crying over the heavy responsibility she feels.

  • Remember model Emily Ratajkowski’s essay for The Cut, recounting her experience of being assaulted by photographer Jonathan Leder? More women are coming forward with similar claims.

  • Peloton, purveyor of fancy indoor bikes with a multi-month waitlist, has inked a long-term partnership with Beyoncé, the workout platform’s most requested artist. You can try her themed classes free for 30 days on the app.

WHAT ELSE I’M READING

  • Behind the Scenes of Emily Harrington’s Historic Climb” (Outside): See that 3,000-foot vertical rock above? That’s El Capitan of Free Solo fame. Harrington is the first woman to free-climb the Golden Gate route to the top in under 24 hours.

  • Times Change” (NYMag): A longread on the New York Times’ “heated reckoning” with itself during the Trump admin.

  • Love, Delayed” (Vox): The raging pandemic is a relationship accelerant—and also the exact opposite.

  • Kamala Harris Makes Her Case” (The New Yorker): This July 2019 story predates her new job title—America’s first Black, South Asian and female VP-elect!—but it’s an illuminating 10,000-word close-up of Harris on the rise.

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My name is Wing Sze Tang, and I’m a freelance journalist. I’ve spent my career telling stories for some of Canada’s biggest magazines. (Find some of my articles here.)

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