Just the other day I was on TBS eFM’s The Bookend, talking about John Keats. But well after the recording, the man just keeps lingering in my mind. Below is my attempt to explain why I think Keats has been on my mind. O, for ten years, that I may overwhelm Myself in poesy; so [...]
For the last few months I’ve been a hermit. Wielding pens and keyboards and paper around my office, pacing and battling and whole lot more verb -ing forms to finish up my two novels… and they’re taking shape I’m happy to report. However I wanted to give you an update of the things I’ve been doing [...]
Beautiful is not a word I would use to describe K-pop. It’s catchy. Its groups can writhe in sync, and now it is exported all around the world as respectable as any other commodity. But beauty isn’t something that beats in the heart of K-pop. If anything, what pumps inside K-pop is brute discipline, [...]
Stories matter. Some say they can save lives. How we tell those stories well is up for debate. Sure we have that tired writer’s wisdom of “Show don’t tell” from Henry James that is in just about every writer’s craft book, or David Mamet’s distilled, more terse, advice “don’t write a crock of shit.” (The [...]
I couldn’t believe it. When I finished “Scantily Clad Submissive Women,” I felt both satisfied and wanting more. It worked, yet felt like it could keep going. Days later, while chucking away at my own writing, I thought of that crippled man on a porch, in a Hawaiian shirt, watching the women, while talking to [...]
So today, I’m on the Bookend with Sang Park talking about our work. He talks about his book Wait Until Twilight and I talk about my essay Salt Water Cowboy and the short story Between Here and Oblivion. If you miss it on air you can take a listen to it here. Also in other news, [...]
So a couple of updates: These are the covers for my upcoming mini-short story collection and single short story. Pretty snazzy. I was part of a roundtable on Sylvia Plath on The Bookend (6/21/15) Finally, this website is about to get a major overhaul. So look out.
Beauty is one of those things that Disney said isn’t as important as what is in the inside. Well, that might be true, but Korean women (and many Korean men) know that if you’re unfortunately ugly, life isn’t all that fun. Before the MERS thing, it wasn’t weird to see people walking around with masks covering [...]
Finding stories is hard. Finding good stories is even harder. Stories that keep you up at night, that kicks back into your head the reason why you wake up in the morning jonesing for a good book, is so rare it’s like discovering a new cuisine that you fall in love with. (For me that was Chinese [...]
I’ve mentioned it before that I’ve been on Korean radio show, The Bookend, as part of a regular round table discussing poetry and sometimes fiction. It has been a great experience. Here are my three most recent episodes. To check the iTunes page for their podcast feed.