On Worldbuilding and the Question of Resistance
In fiction, you can feel good about resistance without actually resisting anything.
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The Handmaid’s TaleParable
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The Hunger Games
Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea and is the author of three novels, THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD, I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING, and DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR: A NOVEL, as well as CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD. In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 essential Asian American writers. He teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Coe College.
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