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Limited Hangout can mean many things. Among others, it’s an apt description of our public discourse: we get stories in bits and pieces that seem to make up a whole, though one that’s way smaller than the sum of its parts.

Limited Hangout is run by brothers Ilari and Tuomas Kaila. A lot of the time, we write together. Occasionally, only one name ends up in the byline, even though both of us wrote the piece. At other times, one of us blogs for both. You just never know.

We have produced documentaries and docudramas for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, and published articles and investigative pieces in various newspapers and periodicals, mostly on politics and culture. Our as-yet-unpublished debut novel, The Education of Dr. Johanssen, is represented by the Ahlback Literary Agency in New York.

Tuomas: I’m a jack of all trades based in Helsinki, a musician, screenwriter, and media entrepreneur. I have an MA in directing from the Aalto University department of film, which is worth jack shit. Currently, I’m writing a libretto commissioned by the Skaala opera company, and putting the final touches on my first collection of short prose with a focus on international diplomacy.

Ilari: I’m a composer, freelance journalist, and writer. In 2004, I migrated from Finland to New York, where I’ve lived most of my adult life. Shuttling back and forth between the two countries has made me interested in how the US is seen by Europeans (hence our Dumb Europeans category). This led to my first foray into investigative journalism in 2013, when I broke the first of two stories about the Finnish Government’s secret negotiations with the US on the CIA’s torture flights. In 2011-2013, I blogged at Obama the ConservativeI’ve lived and worked in Hong Kong since 2014, as Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar at HKUST.

Feel free to get in touch, or spend unlimited time hanging out in the comments section.