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Seeing Fiction in an Environmental Lens

It should not be a surprise to know that fiction books can carry heavy messages within them. For instance, George Orwell’s “1984” includes issues like censorship among many, Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” touches on the damage of war, and Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” has something to say … [Read more...]

When We Became the People from Bloomington

In late March 2020, I sent a WhatsApp message to the Indonesian author Budi Darma asking him to be careful about the new virus spreading around the globe. I worried that if he contracted it, the consequences might be dire. By all reports, the elderly were especially susceptible, and he was about to … [Read more...]

From Book Review to the Canonization of Literature

If we visited a bookstore recently, we can easily get the latest literary books from new authors. Those books were written by authors who, apologetically, I know almost nothing on their writing’s history. It was like they were born this early morning, when we all slept soundly. In the world of … [Read more...]

Tiffany Tsao: On working with Norman for Asymptote

One of the most rewarding things about being an Editor-at-Large for Asymptote is unearthing and bringing a new life to exciting work from the countries we represent. As the Indonesia Editor-at-Large, I see my role as that of an advocate. In proposing a piece, it’s crucial to make a strong case for … [Read more...]