Lunch baskets, etc.

I’m going to MacDowell for a month-long residency this fall, and am so very excited. I’ve had lunch-basket envy for years! I reviewed Teju Cole’s extraordinary BLIND SPOT for THE GUARDIAN. The first couple of lines: “On encountering a collection of Teju Cole’s photographs and writing, I began to wonder about the mind behind the […]

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Reviews! The NEA!

I’ve been writing! I’m in the middle of novel edits; meanwhile, I also wrote about Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST in THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. & about Min Kym’s GONE in THE GUARDIAN. & about Andrés Barba’s SUCH SMALL HANDS, again in THE CHRONICLE. Finally, I wrote in praise of the NEA in ELECTRIC LITERATURE and […]

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Books, a micropig, karaoke

I reviewed Bandi’s THE ACCUSATION, a collection of the first short stories known to have been smuggled out of North Korea, for THE GUARDIAN. I wrote about 34 much-anticipated 2017 books by women of color for ELECTRIC LITERATURE. I was interviewed in Litseen. Included: a shout-out to a dancing micropig. And here’s an interview in the […]

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Essays!

Almost every short piece I’ve been working on came out all at once, these past couple of weeks! I celebrated the (relative) bonanza of 2016 Asian American fiction for VICE. Also, I wrote my first two personal essays ever, both in fits of post-election grief. One appeared in ELECTRIC LITERATURE; the other, in TIME. Finally, […]

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Review in THE GUARDIAN, etc.

I reviewed Haruki Murakami’s and Seiji Ozawa’s book about music–my first time writing for THE GUARDIAN! Brief but real pop of joy, before I resume the usual post-election panicking, grieving, and so on. Also, the NEA Writers’ Corner is up, including a profile of yours truly. I’ve been at Yaddo most of the month, revising […]

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HEROICS!

An eventful few days: HEROICS, the novel I’ve been writing for over eight years, has sold to Riverhead! The new NOON arrived in the mail, and it includes a short excerpt from the novel! An excerpt from last year’s NOON was picked by Stuart Dybek for THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2016! Any one of these […]

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Book tag

Helen Walters, a TED ideas editor, has put together a list of 20 book recommendations. Daniel Levin Becker tagged me to give a recommendation, I recommended a book I love by Christine Schutt, then I tagged Elliott Holt. And so on. Here’s the full list: 20 days. 20 books. Other news: I had a (wonderful) […]

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NEA!

It’s a relief, truly, to see this list up on the internet; it helps the news feel more official, I think, and I’ve been a little worried that someone was going to tell me a clerical mistake had been made: I’m going to be a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellow! Congratulations to the […]

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