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Echo & the Doppelgängermen

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Music | 2 comments

Echo & the Doppelgängermen

No Mac, but packed. It’s taken 25 years but I’ve finally gotten over the traumatic Echo & the Bunnymen split of 1988. Sure, everything’s fine now (sort of) but signer Ian McCulloch leaving guitarist Will Sergeant, bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete DeFreitas was such a bitter event that not even the subsequent death of DeFreitas in a motorcycle accident was enough to bring the three survivors back together. I remember hearing on the radio that the split culminated in a fistfight between Ian and Les and I thought,...

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My Amazing Beijing Trip

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Asian American, Books by Ed Lin, Ed, Featured, Journalism, Writing | 4 comments

My Amazing Beijing Trip

Kids love me! I found these dudes near the parking lot of the Great Wall (visible in background). I typically don’t travel much, but in April, May and June, I flew across the U.S. and went to Asia twice. I kicked things off by spending a week in Taipei, doing research and pretty much eating every half hour. Then it was off to a bunch of readings and events in New York (the wonderful The Mysterious Bookshop, the incredible Museum of Chinese in America and the always dope The Asian American Writers’ Workshop), San Francisco (the...

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Beautiful Men Holding My New Book

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Asian American, Celebrities, Ed, Featured, Writing | 6 comments

Beautiful Men Holding My New Book

Here’s my new book, One Red Bastard, being held by incredible men who are extremely good-looking! The book will be out in May, but these hunks are already out there! Joel de la Fuente Daniel Dae Kim David Henry Hwang You can check out the book trailer here! Share

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Darklands in a New Light

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Music | 0 comments

Darklands in a New Light

Wouldn’t you also buy the reissue of an album that you merely like from a band that you love? I first heard The Jesus and Mary Chain‘s Darklands almost 25 years ago, in September of 1987. I got it on vinyl because it was cheaper than the CD ($6.99 versus $15.99) and I had heard bad things about it. Recorded with a drum machine. Song lengths had ballooned to five-plus minutes. On the plus side, though, cranky Tim Yohannan of Maximumrocknroll had listed the pre-album EP of “April Skies” in his top 10 for the month. I had...

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Three for Three!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Writing | 4 comments

Three for Three!

 You must be my lucky star. In late October, I found out that Snakes Can’t Run tied for the Members’ Choice Award at the Asian American Literary Awards. In all honesty, Karen Tei Yamashita‘s I-Hotel is much better than my book. I am incredibly honored to be attached to her name by sharing the prize. Incidentally, it’s my third Members’ Choice Award. Waylaid won it in 2003 and This Is a Bust followed in 2008. So not only has every published book that I’ve written won this award, but I am the first author...

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