Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration showing Asian Americans protesting, covid virus, anti-Asian hate on the streets, small businesses closing, portraying a tumultuous 2020.
Illustration by Mark Wang for GEN

The Conversation

Alexander Chee and Cathy Park Hong on how the pandemic has cracked open discrimination against Asian American communities


Lee Isaac Chung’s film took me through his past and into my own family’s story

Yeri Han, Noel Kate Cho, Steven Yeun, and Alan S. Kim, from the cast of “Minari.” Photo: A24


A story about a short story with at least three lives


TV Diary

I hoped watching The Durrells In Corfu would offer an escape from the dark of winter, but instead, found a meditation on the male bumbler.


The stories we have about apocalypse don’t seem to take in how they are actually happening in real time. So what are they even for?

A painted tableau of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the sky parting behind them, soldiers in disarray below them.
A painted tableau of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the sky parting behind them, soldiers in disarray below them.
Victor Vasnetsov’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, through Wikipedia Commons


Internet Diary 1/2–1/9


Internet Diary 12/22–12/29

Dreams, recipes, links, unsent tweets, facts that stick around.

A dark cloud against lighter clouds, framed on three sides by tree branches.
A dark cloud against lighter clouds, framed on three sides by tree branches.
Somewhere in the Catskills in 2018. Author’s own.


Your Questions Answered

The first spell you cast as a writer, you cast on yourself.

A highway in Vermont, lined with trees, and white clouds and mountains in the distance against a blue sky.
A highway in Vermont, lined with trees, and white clouds and mountains in the distance against a blue sky.


Your Questions Answered

To prepare for a MFA in writing, focus on community and a writing practice first.


A misremembered quote, self forgiveness, and attending to the unmade decisions of a draft.

A French engraving from the late 19th Century with a series of eyes in a sky chasing a figure who is running from them.
A French engraving from the late 19th Century with a series of eyes in a sky chasing a figure who is running from them.
Paul Constant Soyer’s Crime et expiation, after J. J. Grandville, from the Met’s Open Access Art Collection.

Alexander Chee

Author of the novels THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT and EDINBURGH, and the essay collection HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL.

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