Writing life

I walk away, because I know just how fast and short my temper burns. At the drop of a hat, bridges will be in ashes.

Something Like Springtime

What happened? Jonathan Richman moved to Maine.

Amazon’s Endangered Species: World Culture

A brave new world, ripe for the grabbing.

All That Exists Melts Into 7-Eleven

I think I'm the only person I know who has ever tried 7-Eleven bubble tea.

True Life of a Chinese Engineer

“Get to the point in just Chinese” echoes in my head every time she talks to me, while I only look at her expressionlessly, struggling to be polite.

Filet-O-Fish: It’s Halal That

Created in 1962 for Roman Catholics abstaining from meat on Fridays, the Filet-O-Fish has since found a home in a different religious community in America: the Muslims.

The Ideal Patient

At our next appointment, my therapist suggested going out-of-pocket.


I’ve become increasingly aware of how much of my reputation in Taiwan is built on the knowledge of my New York upbringing.

Naive Butchery

A still life of knives, saws, pliers, wires, ropes, pulleys, wrenches, awls and files.