At NPR, Jane Wong discusses her new poetry collection, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, which depicts her own experience of Chinese immigrant life in the U.S., while also giving voice to generations before her. “In writing this book, I did not conduct quote-unquote interviews,” Wong says. “I didn’t do quote-unquote research with my family directly, because it would be too painful. Instead, I just listened really deeply. Like, what are they not saying? And what does that mean? This book feels very much like it’s trying to make sure everyone sees that I have fists and they are curling and uncurling at all times.”
The worst thing about owning your own bookstore? According to Garrison Keillor, it’s that “you do not get a 10 percent discount when you buy books. I don’t know why. It was explained to me once, and I didn’t understand. I mean, I’m the owner, right? But no, that’s not how it’s done.”
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Year in Reading alumna Porochista Khakpour has a stunning new story in Bennington Review. She writes, “I had made a point of trying to learn the names of everyone in my department, after my previous department chair at my last VAP job advised ‘best way to make a best impression is know every name of professor and student alike.’” For more of her writing, check out her Millions piece on George Saunders.