Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached a boiling point and sensational headlines (nuclear button! Sanctions! […]
By James Kidd North Korea – or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, if you prefer – has […]
By Liana Cafolla Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author Madeleine Thien and acclaimed Korean-American writer Krys Lee are among more than […]
Born in South Korea, raised in America, educated in England and equally comfortable speaking Korean or English, novelist […]
Jeff Kingston bumps into Lee in a subway station and starts a conversation with her: LARB
I recently caught up with Krys Lee, author of the acclaimed short story collection Drifting House (2012). Emerging from the Digital Media City (DMC) subway station, I saw a woman reading Roland Barthe’s Image, Music, Text and figured it must be her.
After buying some mangoes (three for about $5) from a truck vendor we fell into conversation walking through the ghost town of DMC, a gleaming complex of office towers, wide boulevards, open plazas, snazzy sculptures, and very few pedestrians. It is only 30 minutes by subway from the teeming streets of central Seoul, but feels like a distant futuristic planet and, shall we say, a bit soulless. Lee points out all the leading media and production companies that jumped on board this government project to establish a thriving media hub, but early on a Friday night, the lights were dim and sidewalks rolled up.
Amy Tan subverts clichés in her epic tale of Chinese courtesan life, says Krys Lee in FT The […]
The Singapore Writers Festival 2012 was kicked off yesterday (2 November) by festival director Mr Paul Tan, festival […]