Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

A Precious Stone

“A humble name. Shi Tou cannot be mistaken for a precious stone. To be something ordinary makes you less fragile.”


Zhong Qiu Wan Hui



Sorry I’m waiting for the bus.

You could’ve told me you were working late

Yeah oops

Hope you’re not burning yourself out.

OK. Thanks.

Actually, I think I’ll sleep at the hotel tonight for my interview. The recruiter booked me a room.


I’m not doing this to punish you. I just really need the space.


Can you say something other than fucking ok!!

I want you to stay.



Amy Y.Q. Lin is a Chinese American writer. She serves as the books editor for Washington Square Review and a reader for One Story. Her work has been generously supported by Tin House and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Amy is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at NYU and holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Cornell University. She lives in Seattle and New York and tweets @amyliny.