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You will look around you and notice that there are only two people reading an actual book in the entire coffee shop. One of them is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and as for the other, if you tilt your head, squint your eyes, and look at just the right angle you can make out the words “successful” and “startup.” And so you are reminded that even if your novel ever does get published, no one gives a shit and reads fiction anyway.
In our own narratives we see what we want to. Writing this book of poems I was able to look at everything while I was full of passion and a year later while everything had cooled. I was able to see things differently. I was able to see that this wasn’t a one way avenue.
Famed in China for his work’s sexual sensibilities — “almost my trademark” — author Feng Tang’s ‘Beijing, Beijing’ is available for the first time in English, in a translation by Michelle Deeter from AmazonCrossing. A celebrity at home among the boyfriends and girlfriends he writes about, Feng calmly tells us that his newest novel “will sell one million copies.”