Esmé Weijun Wang's debut novel The Border of Paradise is one of my favorite books so far this year. A multigenerational epic centered on an interracial family, the Nowaks, this book touches on so many profound topics, from mental illness to intergenerational trauma to culture clash to the very question of what it means to be a family, all done in stunningly beautiful prose. Esmé and I had a great conversation about her book in the first segment, and in the second segment we chatted about our favorite social media platform: Twitter.
(Conversation recorded July 19, 2016.)
- Esmé Weijun Wang
- Esmé Weijun Wang - The Border of Paradise
- Esmé Weijun Wang - With Love and Squalor (e-letter)
- Heather Havrilesky - Ask Polly
- Get Bullish Conference
- Esmé Weijun Wang - “You Are Not Lazy”
- Esmé Weijun Wang - “I’m Chronically Ill and Afraid of Being Lazy” (elle.com)
- Esmé Weijun Wang - “Why My Novel Uses Untranslated Chinese” (lithub.com)
- Junot Díaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
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Keep the Channel Open is a bi-weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with artists, writers, and curators. The show is hosted by San Diego-based photographer and writer Mike Sakasegawa.