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November 17, 2017

At a tail end of an unpleasant flu that lingered for three weeks. Been largely off social media during the illness. Realized, at some point, that Jenny Zhang is no longer on Twitter. Meanwhile, the government has been keeping files of both social media activity and Int...

October 7, 2017

Took it with me to a space station-themed coffeeshop

The lights are dim in the escape pod

Perhaps to hope requires some dulling

Took it with me to the Rose Reading Room

Past four security checkpoints

Tourists taking photos of a field of bowed heads

Took it with me to the Str...

August 19, 2017

Fell 15 feet off a bouldering wall and dislocated my elbow, plus badly sprained an ankle. So someone lied. Shooting for moon won't land you among stars. Lands you in ER.

I won't be doing much writing for a while, since my dominant arm is in cast and will require rehabil...

July 28, 2017

In Though I Get Home book news: we have a cover! Featuring my own handwriting! In typical fashion, I hated my handwriting at first (like hearing your own voice recorded for the first time), but I got over my squirminess. Here it is, a lovely cover that summons images a...

June 28, 2017

It's been busy. I participated in an interview series for a magazine (details soon). Editorial work started on the manuscript of Though I Get Home. I read the whole thing through once, decided to insert a new story, and trimmed down some existing stories. My edito...

May 12, 2017

I've picked up cross-stitching again, mostly to quell my social media tics. If you don't know what cross-stitching is, it's basically paint-by-numbers, but with needle and thread. If that sounds even more confusing (what's a needle? And thread? Like a reddit thread?),...

April 12, 2017

If Shirley Geok-lin Lim was the first Malaysian writer I encountered, then K.S. Maniam's The Return was the first Malaysian novel I read. The book made a lasting impression; I once presented a paper on it at an art history conference.

I hadn't thought about the boo...

March 17, 2017

I read Yiyun Li's words on giving up Chinese with interest. It fascinated me, the sureness that a language could be anyone's to renounce. To be able to give up, first you have to own. 

I am never going to give up any languages, because I own none. I speak three, but the...

February 23, 2017

Some thoughts on winning the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize.

First of all, Louise Meriwether kicks butt. Her accomplishments make me wish I can someday match a sliver of what she has gifted the world. At 93, she is working on a film script for her seminal first...

January 14, 2017

Often when I travel between New York and Taiping, Malaysia, I bring at least one book each in the three languages that I read. The journeys take 24+ hours each way, including layovers, and all the unlimited free wine in the world cannot fill those hours. (Yes, many non...

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