Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

We want to be in charge of our speech. Those of us who work with words for a living -- we want to control the message, the input and output of words, dancing themselves out in lines that kickstep from left to right, even when spoken.  The lexography of the Roman alphabet. Caesar writing "veni, … Continue reading Beautiful translators — China trip, 2 — coloring books 2015

visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

"Oh," he said, when I told him I'd fallen on the stairs of the creative writing center at The College of Mobile Telecommunications Chonqing. "I forgot to tell you about the ghost steps." "Is that why I kept on tripping and slipping?" I asked him. "Is this why there were thresholds on top of thresholds … Continue reading visit to china 1 — ghost steps — November 21 2015 coloring books project

a quick, somewhat silly mini-tour of some recent Chinese movies and tv — coloring books

Friends -- I am going to the PRC in a little less than a month, and as I scramble to acquire enough Mandarin phrases to amuse my hosts, I thought I would take a look at some recent tv and cinema coming out of China. I have watched the following: Empresses in the Palace -- … Continue reading a quick, somewhat silly mini-tour of some recent Chinese movies and tv — coloring books

Wyl Villacres, “Dear White People in my MFA Program” and commentary — coloring books project 2015

Friends -- I was just about to post a piece on satire, where I talk about the ways in which satiric writing has become a problematic mode of address for white writers trying to be "edgy" -- when lo and behold, here appears a great example of a satiric essay, written from a POC perspective. … Continue reading Wyl Villacres, “Dear White People in my MFA Program” and commentary — coloring books project 2015

Let’s talk story! — Ryka Aoki’s magic, joyous novel He Mele a Hilo — (coloring books project 2015)

Friends – There’s a lot of dystopian fiction out there. We see it in fantasy. We see it in SF. We see it on tv. Some of it is fabulous. But having looked at and read dark non-realist fiction for at least 30 years, I think I’m ready for something else. That something else can … Continue reading Let’s talk story! — Ryka Aoki’s magic, joyous novel He Mele a Hilo — (coloring books project 2015)