Happy Birthday, Chang-Rae Lee, born 29 July 1965
- A tale, like the universe, they tell us, expands ceaselessly each time you examine it, until there’s finally no telling exactly where it begins, or ends, or where it places you now.
- One of the ready advantages of writing a road or quest story is that it mirrors the experience of writing a novel.
- As for what’s the most challenging aspect of teaching, it’s convincing younger writers of the importance of reading widely and passionately.
- Imagination might not be limitless. It’s still tethered to the universe of what we know.
- Suffering is the noblest art, the quieter the better.
- I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
- Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect.
- I don’t listen to music while writing; it seems to me I’m trying to make my own kind of music, and to have anything else going on is just noisy interference.
Lee is a Korean American novelist and a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. He is the author of Native Speaker.
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