Chang-rae Lee

Author of On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, first-fiction Hemingway Foundation/PEN/Hemingway Award winner; A Gesture Life; Aloft; The Surrendered, Dayton Peace Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist; and On Such a Full Sea. Chang-rae Lee is a professor at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and a Shinhan Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, selected as one of "20 Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yo... rker.READ MORE

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The truth, finally, is who can tell it.

There is something universally chilling about a new plot. And I could see how my boy needed time and space for a story to bloom in his mind, because at any age what comes before sight is a conjuring. A trope, which is just a way to believe.

And it occurred to me that in this new millennial life of instant and ubiquitous connection, you don't in fact communicate so much as leave messages for one another, these odd improvisational performances, often sorry bits and samplings of ourselves that can't help but seem out of context. And then when you do finally reach someone, everyone's so out of practice or too hopeful or else embittered that you wonder if it would be better not to attempt contact at all.

I know again why I favor it so much here, how I esteem the hush of this suburban foliage in every season, the surprising naturalness of its studied, human plan, how the privying hills and vales and dead-end lanes make one feel this indeed is the good and decent living, a cloister for those of us who are modest and unspecial. [p. 130}

It seems I have always been fortunate to be in a certain provident, which must be my sole skill, and worth, and luck. [p. 138]

And though the implication is that I am the sort who is always careful and preparing, I that that's not right, either' in fact I feel I have not really been living anywhere or anytime, not for the future and not in the past and not at all of-the-moment, but rather in a lonely dream of an oblivion, the nothing-of-nothing drift from one pulse beat to the next, which is really the most bloodless marking-out, automatic and involuntary. [pp. 320-321]

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