yiyun li


i wasn’t writing any stories when i was a child.   i mean i did like to make up stories…   but when i was young i was interested only in myself — as young people would sometimes be.    i don’t think i had any understanding about human beings outside of me, so i could not tell a story.   i think you have to be interested in other people to tell a good story.      at some point i started to lose interest in myself – you know – “i’m this boring person”  –  but i started to find other people really exciting and their faces very intriguing to look at…     that’s probably why i started to write stories…

– yiyun li, taken from the q&a after her reading at our san francisco gallery on september 10th, 2008


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