Judith Huang

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Judith Huang is a Singaporean writer, translator and editor. Her first novel, Sofia and the Utopia Machine, was shortlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2017 and the Singapore Book Awards 2019 and is available now. Named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2004, her writing has been published in journals including Prairie Schooner, Asia Literary Review, QLRS, Asian Cha, Loreli, Ceriph, LONTAR, Spittoon, Stylus, Clockwise Cat, Asymptote and the Harvard Advocate, as well as in anthologies like In Transit, Journeys, Singpowrimo 2014, Ayam Curtain and Body Boundaries. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University, where she belongs to the Signet Society of Arts and Letters. Her online portfolio can be found at www.judithhuang.co ...more

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Judith Huang I write longhand with a fountain pen in my notebook for three pages of whatever comes into my head on days when I can't write. If that's all I can do …moreI write longhand with a fountain pen in my notebook for three pages of whatever comes into my head on days when I can't write. If that's all I can do that day, I take a break. Usually it helps me shift my thinking and get rid of the psychological detritus in my head.

You also have to fill the well. I could go for a walk, listen to some music, go to a museum, have a conversation with an inspiring friend, or look at some art. It may not work right away but it definitely does down the road. (less)
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just read ‘ants’ for rattlecast X Spittoon

So the amazing, humble and talented Anthony Tao was the guest on Rattlecast #83.

The man was working at Beijing Bookworm (a fabulous bilingual bookshop in Sanlitun) before it got shut down and helping to run the legendary literary festival there. Now, he’s still in Beijing and has just taken the mantle of Spittoon Beijing, the collective I was a member of from the start in 2015 when the magazine f

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“Upon you will be founded a city, a city past compare in riches and marvels and beauty,” she said. “But first, you must lose yourself, riding on the waves of seven oceans. Only at your journey’s end will you come to rest, and only then will the city rise. It will be a city of eternal summer, a land of surpassing beauty. Indeed, it will come to be known as the city of the gods.”

“Where must I journey? Where should I go?” asked the fisherman, staring in awe at her radiant beauty.

“Before, between, and beyond. Tomorrow night, take your boat and sail towards the rising moon,” she replied. “And you will find your destiny.”
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“The problem is, we really are an island. And the truth is, we really have been marooned. And to compound it all, that old myth is true: we really are sinking, just not in the way we've always been led to believe.”
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“She felt how young her world still was, how pure, how fresh, how empty, despite the civilisations that had risen and fallen while she was away, despite the stories that the people of this land had already woven into the warp and weft of this world, the stories that came to her as dreams. She felt how precious it all was to her, how terrible it would be to lose this world, this universe, to the dark force encroaching upon it.”
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“Upon you will be founded a city, a city past compare in riches and marvels and beauty,” she said. “But first, you must lose yourself, riding on the waves of seven oceans. Only at your journey’s end will you come to rest, and only then will the city rise. It will be a city of eternal summer, a land of surpassing beauty. Indeed, it will come to be known as the city of the gods.”

“Where must I journey? Where should I go?” asked the fisherman, staring in awe at her radiant beauty.

“Before, between, and beyond. Tomorrow night, take your boat and sail towards the rising moon,” she replied. “And you will find your destiny.”
Judith Huang, Sofia and the Utopia Machine

“She became invincibly beautiful: the clarity of her cheeks, her little ankles, and the lucid poetry others projected onto her blank expression.”
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“She felt how young her world still was, how pure, how fresh, how empty, despite the civilisations that had risen and fallen while she was away, despite the stories that the people of this land had already woven into the warp and weft of this world, the stories that came to her as dreams. She felt how precious it all was to her, how terrible it would be to lose this world, this universe, to the dark force encroaching upon it.”
Judith Huang, Sofia and the Utopia Machine

“The problem is, we really are an island. And the truth is, we really have been marooned. And to compound it all, that old myth is true: we really are sinking, just not in the way we've always been led to believe.”
Judith Huang, Sofia and the Utopia Machine

“A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets make a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.”
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