At this point in my life, I’m used to getting lost. There are some people who have no idea how lucky they are, blessed with an organic compass embedded into their brains, but I’m not one of them. To give you an idea of how easily I can lose my bearings, at my neighborhood mall, once I enter a store, on the way back out, I have to pause and remember and look around and figure out whether I need to take a left or a right to begin the always-challenging journey back to my car. And most likely, there will be more dithering at the parking lot as I struggle to recall just where I parked.
The moment has come
Don tells Betty the whole truth
and yet life goes on.
For the last two days, I had the opportunity to visit Wells College for a reading and also to sit in some of the creative writing classes. It was wonderful in every way — I’d forgotten how gorgeous the campus is, and also what a great time I had taking the poetry writing class in the spring of 1993. Back then, Wells had been a women’s college, and now it’s fully co-educational, but the spirit of learning hasn’t changed a bit.
The site is called She is too fond of books; I’m glad she was fond of mine. Here’s an excerpt:
I really liked the structure of Everything Asian; writing a year in the Kims’ life as a novel in stories allows Woo to show many perspectives while focusing on David. Quirky characters and a mix of amusing and thought-provoking situations show many sides of the immigrant experience. The subculture of life in a New Jersey strip mall offers another detour in the quest for assimilation in America.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
VISITING WRITERS SERIES – SUNG J. WOO
Sponsored by: English Department
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Sung J. Woo, author of the novel Everything Asian, will visit the Wells College campus for a reading. While on campus, he will be visiting classes for discussions with Wells students. The Wells College Visiting Writers Series is supported by grants from The New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Writers-in-Residence Fund, and the Mildred Walker Fiction Writer Fund.
This event is open to the Wells community and the public. There is no charge for this event.
[link to Ithaca Journal]