It’s official. Rattawut Lapcharoensap, author of Sightseeing and generally lovely person, will return to Wyoming for the 2012-2013 year. This is exciting news! While here, he’ll teach the fiction workshop, participate in readings, and serve on thesis committees–among other things. I’ve been lucky enough to work with him these past few years. It’s good knowing others here will have the same opportunity.
Thanks for staying on, Rattawut!
Here’s a sample from his book, which is so pretty:
“This is how we count the days. June: the Germans come to the islands – football cleats, big T-shirts, thick tongues – speaking like spitting. July: the Italians, the French, the British, the Americans. The Italians like pad thai, it’s affinity with spaghetti. They like fabrics, sun glasses, leather sandals. The French like plump girls, rambutans, disco music, baring their breasts. The British are here to work on their pasty complexions, their penchant for hashish. Americans are the fattest, the stingiest of the bunch. They may pretend to like pad thai or grilled prawns or the occasional curry, but twice a week they need their culinary comforts, their hamburgers and their pizzas. They’re also the worst drunks. Never get too close to a drunk American. August brings the Japanese. Stay close to them. Never underestimate the power of the yen.”
Enjoy the start to the semester, everyone.