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Minor Feelings, Major Insights in a Poet’s Essays

BY MEGAN LABRISE • March 24, 2020

Poet and cultural critic Cathy Park Hong discusses Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning.

A “fierce and timely meditation” on Hong’s lived experience as a Korean American woman and artist, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World, March 3) seamlessly blends cultural criticism, memoir, and history into a surprising and discomfiting analysis of our radicalized society.

Kirkus: “Candid and unapologetically political, Hong’s text deftly explores the explosive emotions surrounding race in ways sure to impact the discourse surrounding Asian identity as well as race and belonging in America.”

Hong and host Megan Labrise discuss the origin and meaning of the phrase “minor feelings,” why essays were the best form for conveying this particular subject matter, the conditions under which she first encountered Richard Pryor’s Live in Concert, and readers’ reactions.

Their conversation is preceded by a special segment in which Kirkus’ editors acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic and offer uplifting quarantine reading recommendations. After the main interview, children’s editor Vicky Smith, YA editor Laura Simeon, nonfiction editor Eric Liebetrau, and fiction editor Laurie Muchnick rejoin with their top picks in books for the week.

 

Editors’ picks:

The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard (Viking)

The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century by David Goldblatt (Norton)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic)

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)

Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal by Jeanine Donofrio (Avery)

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert (Little, Brown)

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk (Delacorte)

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay (Algonquin)

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Grove)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

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