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Waylaid Redux Readings, Only at Giant Robot

Posted by on Mar 14, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Waylaid Redux Readings, Only at Giant Robot

To borrow a title from a Wire bootleg, “A Terrifying Trip to the Past!” In April I will be reading from Waylaid, my first novel, which was published eight years ago. This will be the first time that I have read from this book on the West Coast and also the first time in many years since I have read extensively from it. When this book first came out, I was attacked by many publications that decried my “miserable” (San Francisco Chronicle) young narrator who wallowed in sexual fantasy while toiling at his parents’...

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Snakes Can’t Run, but They Do Tour

Posted by on Feb 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Snakes Can’t Run, but They Do Tour

Cheeky! Snakes Can’t Run is almost here!  It’s right around the corner!  (April) I’ve posted some upcoming dates in the calendar, so I think you need to plan accordingly.  If you want to see me in your town, give me a shout-out and I’ll see if I can make it happen. Dude, the book recently received a starred review in Publishers Weekly: Snakes Can’t Run Ed Lin. Minotaur, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-56988-4 Set in New York City in 1976, Lin’s accomplished second novel to feature NYPD detective Robert...

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My Life in “Community” Service, part 3

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Asian American, Ed, Journalism | 6 comments

My Life in “Community” Service, part 3

Me in 1991.  The other Ed took my picture against a Mr. Softee truck to soften my image. When I was finished with college in 1991 and had finally secured my mining-engineering degree, I went about doing what I really wanted to finish – my literature-writing degree. It wasn’t so much that I wanted the degree itself.  I was reading and writing a lot on my own.  But I needed that degree because I wanted to go to journalism school.  An engineering degree alone wasn’t going to cut it for admission. I also needed an appropriate...

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Let’s Give ‘White’ People Some Credit

Posted by on Nov 22, 2009 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 4 comments

Let’s Give ‘White’ People Some Credit

How come Asians never sit in the front row? At the Page Turner festival a few weeks ago, I read a short piece in which I channeled my mother — accent, broken English and all. During the Q&A, this Asian woman asked me if I would read the same piece to a “white” audience, because in front of an “Asian” audience, “we’re all in on the joke” with the accent. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I was annoyed and sort of mean (when the event is posted to YouTube, I wonder if...

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