Secrets as Tools of Connection: Thoughts on Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Egger’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a frenetic, darkly humorous, and tragic memoir, is a story about rebuilding. After both of his parents die when he is twenty-one, Dave is charged with caring for Toph, his precocious 7-year-old brother. He and Toph move to Berkeley where Dave starts a magazine and auditions for … Continue reading Secrets as Tools of Connection: Thoughts on Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Characters as Translations: Thoughts on Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution

Cathy Park Hong’s collection of poetry, Dance Dance Revolution, is a linguistic masterpiece.  Narrated by an Historian who is transcribing the words of a Guide in the Desert, an invented resort city, the narrative goes from English to Korean to Spanish to Latin.  It explores the borders that exist in countries and in minds.  It expands the … Continue reading Characters as Translations: Thoughts on Cathy Park Hong’s Dance Dance Revolution