Sunday, May 20, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Update: My interview with Ian Brown of CBC's "Talking Books" and the Globe and Mail is now up.
Update two: An edited version of my interview with Jennifer Barnes of Raw Dog Screaming Press is now up at the Brooklyn Rail.
Update three: New interviews at "Conversations" with Patrick Crean of Thomas Allen Publishers and Jordan Jones of Leaping Dog Press.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Truth Marathon - menu
Monday, December 11, 2006
"Conversations in the Book Trade" -- Fred Ramey
I am in the process of contacting people involved with books: either professionals or passionate readers. Hopefully this project will turn into something of a forum: both a resource for readers/writers interested in how the publishing side of things work, and an opportunity for editors, agents and authors to explain their side of the literary equation.
The focus of this project is literary fiction -- in particular, how it is to survive in an increasingly competitive "culture of narratives". I am interested in the reality of publishing now; not how it should be, or might have been if our culture had evolved differently, but how it is at this perilous moment in the early 21st Century, and how it might be in the near future.
Fred Ramey of Unbridled Books:
"What is shadowing the art of literature seems, rather, to be a combination of the corporate need for a sure thing and the instant availability of sales numbers. ..."
[To read the entire interview, click here.]
Bev Daurio of The Mercury Press
Thursday, December 07, 2006
"A Distant Mirror, Accelerating Quickly"
Monday, November 13, 2006
"The Cry of the Magpies"
Ok-nan said that her coughing fits had occurred even before the half year had elapsed. When months passed by without a word from me and the magpies continued to cry in the mornings, my mother's eyes began to glare in a strange way. Then the strange glaring of her eyes seemed to shift over to a long spell of coughs. At first her condition was not so very bad, but beginning about one year after I left home, she got to coughing almost wihtout fail whenever the magpies cried in the morning....
I remember my mother was in the habit of mouthing such words as "O, God!" or "Help me!" after her occasional coughing fits even before I left home for the battlefield. And now she was replacing those words with "Bong-su!" and "Kill me!"
In my view, there was not much inconsistency in this development. Rather, these seemingly contradictory expressions were no more mutually exclusive than the two sides of one coin. The way I looked at it, "Help me" could very naturally become "Kill me", a suffering deepened into bottomless despair.
[From ""The Cry of the Magpies", Kim Dong-ni, The Portable Library of Korean Literature, Jimoondang Publishing, Seoul, 1961, 2002.]
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Truth Marathon -- trailer
This is the internet trailer for my screenplay-novel, Truth Marathon. It's meant to capture Truth Marathon's theme of contemporary big-city life -- in particular, the relationship between Paul and Sarah. But it's also meant to capture the novel's underlying theme of the power of history and how it constantly exerts its effect on people, even when they're unaware of it.
There are two major historical events addressed in Truth Marathon: the first is Pearl Harbor, the second the outbreak of the Korean War. About the latter, it is safe to say this still makes its effect felt on the Korean people -- not on a daily basis, but nevertheless regularly, inexorably.
History matters. It matters to individuals. It matters to nations. Yet the paradox of history is that quite often, even when scholarship shows certain facts to be true, it can be glossed over by myth.
[Special thanks to Yang Sang-joon and friend for putting this together]