“When it comes to bubble tea and Amy Tan, I’ve taken different stances, but the two have much in common. They’ve both become shorthands of some vaguely ‘Asian American thing.'”
Kiese Laymon on revision, radical friendship, and community.
“I grew up in a microregion of apartment blocks on the south-western edge of the capital city in a provincial Soviet republic that gained its independence around the time when a few girls in my class claimed they got their first periods though it would take me a few more years to get there.”
“Omari Weekes and Elias Rodriques in conversation about the late writer.”
“Learning a language as an adult or in your teens, especially with a history of repeated migrations between languages and countries, is extraordinarily difficult. It isn’t just about swallowing new words like passion fruit that glides down your throat. It’s like chewing on stones breaking your teeth in order to seed the foundations of that new language on your tongue already heavy with many idioms.”
“Finding home in a pandemic.”
What do you do when all productivity hacks, parenting tips, and writing tricks lead to the same outcome — a total, pandemic-induced inability to focus?
“On transphobia and growing up in the Harry Potter universe.”
On solitude, snow, and finding reasons to write.
“Many people mistook the low growl of the churning earth for a nuclear bomb.” An excerpt from THIS IS CHANCE!