When I read The White Book, I felt a kind of desolation. It wasn't agony like Human Acts, but a quiet, persistent sadness.
Last month, I told my Korean teacher about staying up really late to finish an assignment for an online YA fantasy writing course I was taking, and she semi-jokingly suggested that I should try writing a novel in Korean. Now, I don't think this is something I'll ever do or even be interested in doing -- [...]
There are a lot of reasons I loved Because This Is My First Life. Like, a lot. One of them is Jiho's penchant for making literary allusions and using extended metaphors to express her complicated thoughts and feelings. This was a nice bit of character development, I thought; even though Jiho doesn't work as a [...]
Part of the reason I've never liked formal language classes (or even textbooks, for that matter) is because I like learning new grammar and vocabulary in the context of original (native) reading material. I can't deal with "themed" chapters (e.g. "Chapter 2: Weather") that force me to memorize relevant words from a word list. But [...]