I spoke with writer and friend Lyz Lenz about my novel PONG, dark comedies, Donald Trump, and mothers. We talk about crossing the line in comedy, cancer, and even my mom.
A conversation about my novel with the indie multimedia empire that is Ben Tanzer.
Over at prolific indie author Ben Tanzer’s This Podcast Will Change Your Life, we talk PONG, the Chinese Exclusion Act, fathers and sons and estrangement and maple donuts, identity, Halt and Catch Fire, cancer and bone marrow donation, the Bay Area, Letters from Dinosaurs, immigrants, going too far, and we have lots and lots of laughs.
A penniless father tries to reconnect with his estranged Internet mogul son by penning a letter. A seemingly content Chinese-American couple’s marriage unravels when a friend brings over his new white girlfriend for dinner. A former gaming champion attends a Buddhist funeral in the hometown he abandoned and his life changes forever. The traumatized best friend of a campus shooter becomes homebound by choice for years, testing the patience of his aging parents. A fantasy baseball league email thread goes horribly wrong when one of the members overshares about a family tragedy. A lovestruck college student discovers his father’s involvement in a Madoff-level Ponzi scheme and must decide whether he’s cowardly or courageous in both love and family.
In eleven stories that range from heartfelt to satirical, ‘Letters from Dinosaurs’ is a fresh and complicated portrayal of American Asian lives, exposing the fissures between family, friends, and lovers opened by race, culture, and class.
“Leland Cheuk is far and away one of my favorite emerging American writers. His wry wit and acutely observant social humor are always perfectly calibrated to remain humanist and empathetic, never veering into the snarky easiness of self-satisfied hipster irony. His is a shrewd and highly compassionate imagination of a kind that makes you want to not only read him, but to reread him.”–Kris Saknussemm, author of the novels ZANESVILLE, PRIVATE MIDNIGHT, and REVEREND AMERICA
“Daring enough to slay the Model Minority myth, upend tired tropes, and inject a much needed dose of humor and irreverence, Leland Cheuk is the writer Asian American lit has been waiting for.”– Shawna Yang Ryan, author of the novels GREEN ISLAND and WATER GHOSTS
Eleven stories coming from Thought Catalog Books September 2
Eleven stories published by Thought Catalog Books coming very soon