‘Skin molted like a lazy adder/while sinew pooled like glue.//Bone fractured next/like desert rose glass/then melted too.’

By Tom Phan
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Essays

Chinese American writer H.T. Tsiang’s final novel is a Marxist, feminist, pro-immigrant satire of the American Dream. It was published 80 years ago.

Essays

Notes for a hypothetical interview with the author re: Taipei, living in the present, memory, moral responsibility, technology, zen, etc.

10-year-old Kavi K tells us about Soman Chainani’s new fairy-tale adventure

The Leche author’s first novel—set in Hawaii and replete with lush pop-cultural references—can be read as a postmodern YA gem.

Queer poet Ching-In Chen’s letter to her younger self procures its epistolary strength from the loosely connected ideas of the zuihitsu.

Essays

A review of Matthew Olzmann’s Mezzanines

A look at entertainment lawyer Helen Wan’s debut novel, The Partner Track.

In his musical operatic tribute to the former first lady of the Philippines, David Byrne leans on pop psychology to tell the story of the “steel butterfly.”

A new documentary about the famed Chinese artist and dissident focuses on his activism more than it does his art.

A new novel, written just before the Arab Spring, tells the story of a hacker turned revolutionary.

Essays

Chinese American writer H.T. Tsiang’s final novel is a Marxist, feminist, pro-immigrant satire of the American Dream. It was published 80 years ago.

Essays

A review of Matthew Olzmann’s Mezzanines

Essays

Notes for a hypothetical interview with the author re: Taipei, living in the present, memory, moral responsibility, technology, zen, etc.

A look at entertainment lawyer Helen Wan’s debut novel, The Partner Track.

10-year-old Kavi K tells us about Soman Chainani’s new fairy-tale adventure

In his musical operatic tribute to the former first lady of the Philippines, David Byrne leans on pop psychology to tell the story of the “steel butterfly.”

The Leche author’s first novel—set in Hawaii and replete with lush pop-cultural references—can be read as a postmodern YA gem.

A new documentary about the famed Chinese artist and dissident focuses on his activism more than it does his art.

Queer poet Ching-In Chen’s letter to her younger self procures its epistolary strength from the loosely connected ideas of the zuihitsu.

A new novel, written just before the Arab Spring, tells the story of a hacker turned revolutionary.