Shortcuts to Identity: How We Tell Asian American Stories

“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.'”

Author: Simon Han
Source: LitHub
Published: Feb 12, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,471 words)

Why I Paid Tenfold to Buy Back the Rights for Two of My Books

Kiese Laymon on revision, radical friendship, and community.

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 10, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,728 words)

Growing Up in the Soviet Union’s Hero City

“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.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Nov 3, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,642 words)

A Close Reading of Randall Kenan, Who Paid Rare Attention to Black Complexity

“Omari Weekes and Elias Rodriques in conversation about the late writer.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 16, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,444 words)

The Wound of Multilingualism: On Surrendering the Languages of Home

“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.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Sep 8, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,627 words)

Letter from Exile

“Finding home in a pandemic.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jul 23, 2020
Length: 7 minutes (1,809 words)

Someone is Wrong on the Internet: A Study in Pandemic Distraction

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?

Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 19, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,719 words)

How J.K. Rowling Betrayed the World She Created

“On transphobia and growing up in the Harry Potter universe.”

Source: LitHub
Published: Jun 10, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,646 words)

The Last Train Trip Before Everything Changed

On solitude, snow, and finding reasons to write.

Source: LitHub
Published: Apr 6, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,529 words)

At the Very Beginning of the Great Alaska Earthquake

“Many people mistook the low growl of the churning earth for a nuclear bomb.” An excerpt from THIS IS CHANCE! 

Source: LitHub
Published: Mar 24, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,100 words)