1) Give us a sentence or two about your work. Or give us as many as you need.
1. I joke sometimes that I have an aesthetics of laziness. It’s not a political laziness but a pathological one, but maybe that’s the same thing. At a reading, someone once congratulated me on having a “great sense of… despair.” But my real answer is that I’m not sure how to talk about my work right now, because it’s in-between states right now, sublimating.
2) What’s the last thing you read that got you truly excited?
2. Debbie Hu’s blog, which I found yesterday.
3) Before this, what were you thinking about?
3. Whether or not jokes can come true like dreams can come true. For example, I have been encouraged to write, in sort of problematic ways, the shadow sides of asian american classics, or classics in general. What is the opposite of a classic? Me. One of my future projects is Withering Lows, which will be about my romantic experience as an AA. I’m also going to write The Unfortunate Despair Club.
4) What are your hopes for the evening?
4. I hope to feel human among other humans.