skyscope replied to your photo: i’ve been in a really bad funk the last week or…

what decisions did you make? :0

i’m still seeing how they’ll pan out or if i’ll be following up on them, but, once i do fully 150% commit, i’ll probably/definitely post more!  :3  thanks for asking!

imageyoudrewmecartoons replied to your post: 3 things:

there’s a place cheaper than shake shack? my belgian mind cannot fathom this…

yes!  in california, there’s in-n-out, where a cheeseburger is $2.20!  and the combo that includes fries and a drink is $5.15!

at shake shack, a cheeseburger is $4.60 and fries are an additional $2.70, which is still very cheap, but i prefer in-n-out.  i find myself craving it more often, probably because there’s nostalgia attached to it and, also, because in-n-out fries well-done are my favourite.

viamars replied to your post:

Congrats!!! :))) ugh editing sucks i can’t deal with it right now. This is me, procrastinating lol.

thank you!  :3  good luck to you in the editing process; don’t procrastinate — you can do it!  :D

retronoisette replied to your post:

how do you manage to stay motivated during the editing process? I write a lot and by far my least favorite activity is rereading what I’ve written.

i might be biased here because i’ve actually come to love editing — i didn’t always because i think editing is so much more tiring than writing, but i just love seeing all the drafts in my folders and how much my stories have grown from first draft to final.  i think that’s my main motivation — seeing the fruits of my labour and feeling that swelling of pride … X:

i always have to give myself space between writing and editing because it’s hard for me to reread something i’ve just written.  i’ve found that reading my work out loud helps, though, once i’ve let the story sit for a few days, because the act of speaking the words puts a little distance between me and my writing, so i do read all my work out loud constantly throughout the editing process.

other than that, i’m a very visual person, so i like editing by hand on paper because i personally love the sight of a marked up manuscript.  that visual mainly keeps me motivated during the editing process; it’s just so satisfying, especially because it’s a very physical way to see progress and, because i can see the story changing and improving in front of me, that feeds me incentive to keep at it.

tofuforlunch replied to your photo: one of my favourite places in the city: we got a…

do you live in nyc???

i do, indeed!

xx-rapunzel-xx whispered: Hey, I read your post about The Revisionist talkback. I have a question: did you come up with the meaning of "I don't care" in the play or was that discussed during the talkback? Also, apparently the phone rang at the end in the very first preview night, and it also rang at my performance, about a week before it opened. Just letting you know - wondering why it didn't ring at yours!

oh … uhm, i might have forgotten that detail the first time i saw it … sorry.  i got so excited about everything else that that detail probably eluded me … X:

it’s my own interpretation of the use of the phrase in the play — i guess, as someone who uses that phrase a lot but not necessarily in negative ways, it stood out to me and how easily david said it but how negatively maria understood it — or, at least, that’s how i interpreted it.  (:

Anonymous whispered: can you suggest some great modern (or xx century) korean writers? or books?

ah, i apologise for taking so long to reply to this; i wanted to reply to it sooner and started writing a reply a month ago; but the truth is that my knowledge of modern korean literature is so limited and i wanted to read up more on it first. (unfortunately, that didn’t happen.)

as it goes, i’ve only read two korean authors thus far (and in translation, it must be noted), and i’d recommend them both — kim young-ha (i have the right to destroy myself and your republic is calling you) and shin kyung-sook (please look after mom) (i believe shin has another book being published by knopf this spring, i’ll be right there, and another novel by kim was published last year, black flower).

for kim, on a narrative level, i’d say that your republic is calling you is more accessible, whereas i have the right to destroy myself is more interesting tonally and conceptually. when i read i have the right to destroy myself, i was reminded a lot about haruki murakami actually, but any similar tonal qualities disappeared in your republic is calling you. of the two, i think i personally enjoyed i have the right to destroy myself better because it has a quality that kind of sticks to you, but i don’t think it necessarily achieves all its potential. it was kim’s debut novel, after all.

for shin, i loved please look after mom — i talked about it briefly in my 2012 recap — and i think shin does a stellar job at capturing and portraying post-war korea and, specifically, post-war korean motherhood. i didn’t really care for the ending, though, but the ending wasn’t bad or lackluster enough to reduce my enthusiasm for the novel, but i also admit that please look after mom resonated with me very strongly on a personal level because the character of the mother is very much my paternal grandmother. the discussion around the novel is interesting, too.

as for other great modern korean literature, i’m still very new to it myself. i found this fabulous post (“what to start reading in translated korean literature”), so i’d recommend starting with that. i’m sorry i can’t make any more suggestions from my own personal reading at the moment, but i will definitely be reading more korean lit and posting quotes from books i read as well as my thoughts about them! i just picked up hwang sok-young, who i am super stoked to read!

again, my apologies for the super slow reply. i hope you haven’t disappeared and given up on me ever getting back to you … T_T

(i feel like i should also note here that i might be really slow at replying, but, if you ask me anything about books, i will always reply. i love talking books! it just … might take me a bit.)

(also, i believe gong ji-young’s our happy time has been picked up to be published in english in spring 2014!)

Anonymous whispered: I know you love Nell, I love them, too. But would you please translate eAeon’s interviews also? 대단히 감사하겠습니다~ ^^

yeah, for sure!  i’ve been intending to for a while actually because i find him and his music fascinating, but i haven’t gotten around to it yet.  i have two interviews earmarked to translate, though, so, hopefully, i’ll get around to them soon!

thetwonicorn whispered: ~Read your post about your final research paper. What program are you in at whichever school you attend? I'm in the books/book-making stream (major) and creative writing (minor) where I attend, and that paper sounds like something we'd tackle as a topic in my Books and Bookmaking in the 21st Century class.

I, too, would be thrilled to learn of it. Wouldn't mind hearing your take on the future of the paperback, I have intent to be printed one day.

Your major sounds awesome.  I’m jealous.

I’m actually a comparative literature major, philosophy minor at the University of California, Irvine, but I love, love, love typography and graphic design and would love to break into the publishing world, both as a writer and as a … well, anything goes.  Almost.

I refuse to succumb to this irritatingly prevalent idea that ‘print is dead.’  Yes, the world of print is getting smaller, but it’s not dead, and neither is the paperback — now I’ve just got to prove it in my paper!  Will probably post more tidbits about it as I research and write it.  (:

suspiria-de-profundis whispered: Hello, I saw a link to your profile on my dashboard. 'Was great read going through various quotes in your tumblr.

I noticed that you read The New Yorker, so do you have any short fiction that is your personal favorite? I've been meaning to visit the site more often but the thought of having to claw my way through countless mediocre stories is rather discouraging. Thanks. :)


To be quite honest, I’m not that big of a fiction reader of the New Yorker.  I do skim a lot of it, but I don’t read much of it, which really isn’t as much a judgement of the fiction as it is an expression of my general disinterest in reading short stories.  (Ironic, considering I write a lot of it …)

That said, I’ve enjoyed "The Last Words on Earth" by Nicole Krauss, basically anything by Italo Calvino, also anything by Haruki Murakami (whose short fiction I also enjoy as much as his novels), "Diary of an Interesting Year" by Helen Simpson, "A Tiny Feast" by Chris Adrian, "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan (the whole novella is fantastic) — and that’s really about all I can remember off the top of my head.

I only recently subscribed to the New Yorker, so, before that, I’d only browse the archives on the website for authors I knew every so often.  Now, while I do skim it on a more regular basis, I admit I do still prefer the New Yorker's other content.  (:

I hope that helps some!

(Have any questions?  Ask away here!)