Cover Photo: An image of Land of Big Numbers and a headshot of the writer Te-Ping Chen
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“The delight in fiction is not knowing what’s going to happen next”: A Conversation with Te-Ping Chen

“Fiction became a way to capture more of what I was seeing around me.”

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s voice and then see what would happen next. And so in fiction, the delight in it is not knowing what’s going to happen next.

And so I kept thinking and Cao Cao ended up being the character.

Allisen is the assistant editor at Catapult magazine.