Rounding up publications from the first half of 2022 with work in @TheSchooner, @washingtonpost, @altajournal, and a cameo in the @latimes

My story, “Uncle Juicy’s America Boy,” is in the current print issue of Prairie Schooner.

Back in March, I reviewed Elaine Hsieh Chou’s stellar, funny debut Disorientation for The Washington Post. For the San Francisco Chronicle from January through April, I reviewed Mike Chen’s page-turner Light Years From Home, interviewed Randy Rainbow about his memoir Playing With Myself, and reviewed three books about the political changes in Hong Kong.

For NPR, I reviewed David Yoon’s post-apocalyptic City of Orange and contributed to their mid-year Books We Love. For Alta Journal, I wrote about Steph Cha’s acclaimed novel Your House Will Pay.

Finally, I’m quoted in this Los Angeles Times story in April about the San Gabriel Valley Food Club, which is made up of writers and poets bonding around local food.

Rounding up the last few months of 2021 with a story “Office of the Mind” at @ElectricLit Recommended Reading, and reviews at @GeorgiaReview, @NPR, and @sfchronicle

If you’re not done with pandemic stories, I’ve got one up at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading set in a near-future of multiple pandemics! Check out “Office of the Mind” here.

I reviewed Hard Like Water, Yan Lianke’s latest novel to be translated in English, over at Georgia Review.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, I reviewed two books about the Asian American immigrant experience and picked my favorite book of 2021.

At NPR, I contributed two selections to Books We Love 2021, including The Woman in the Purple Skirt, by Natsuko Imamura, translated by Lucy North.

Happy reading and onward to 2022!

At @lareviewofbooks, I interviewed @chaneykwak about his new book THE PASSENGER

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the Viking Sky cruise ship embarked from Bergen, Norway with the intention of stopping by several Norwegian towns over the next 12 days on the way to London. By late Friday, however, the ship had sailed into a massive bomb cyclone that flooded parts of the ship with 60-foot waves and knocked out the ship’s engines, sending it adrift toward the rocky Norwegian coast.

Travel writer Chaney Kwak was on this cruise on assignment. As the ship’s 1,400 passengers awaited rescue by helicopter, Kwak took notes on this disaster in the making, while contemplating the meaning of other storms in his personal life, which included a mother battling cancer and a two-decades-long romantic relationship also heading for the rocks.

Read the rest at Los Angeles Review of Books.

My #bookreview of Katie Kitamura’s new novel INTIMACIES up at @npr

“The unnamed heroine of Intimacies, Katie Kitamura’s fascinating and mysterious new novel, observes that “none of us are able to see the world we are living in — the world, occupying as it does the contradiction between its banality … and its extremity.” She’s a new interpreter at The Hague, responsible for the banal function of translating legal proceedings for extremely evil defendants: genocidal former heads of state.”

Read the rest at NPR.

I reviewed NINE NASTY WORDS by @johnhmcwhorter for the @sfchronicle #bookreviews #writingcommunity

If reading the news these days sends you into apoplectic fits of involuntary cursing, you might be interested in linguist John McWhorter’s new book “Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever.” The book asks: Where did our most popular swear words come from? How did they evolve? And how are we using them now? 

Read the rest of the review at the San Francisco Chronicle.