The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
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The trouble with blogging.

The trouble with blogging.

In the quest for SEO dominance and high traffic (ostensibly) leading to the reader taking a desirable action, such as purchasing one’s online course or subscribing to an e-letter, online writers are encouraged to hack headlines according to templates and told to plant desirable keywords into opening paragraphs. Listen to me read this piece below: […]

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A starring role that fits: on remembering who you are

A starring role that fits: on remembering who you are

I’m a writer. I say this on my website; I claim the identity for myself because of what I’ve studied, what I’ve accomplished, what I do, and because of how it belongs in my being. But participating in this conference is going to be, I suspect, a different experience entirely. Listen to me read this […]

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Why I write (& how, what, etc).

Why I write (& how, what, etc).

I’m also working on putting together an online magazine, which has been inspired by publications such as The Rumpus and Rookie. It’s called Early Morning, and I’m hoping to have it out by late September. Listen to me read this piece here:   I was tagged by Helen Jacobs of The Little Sage — whose elegant […]

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Two important ingredients for creative discovery.

Two important ingredients for creative discovery.

It’s looking closely, becoming entranced, and developing obsessions that leads us down the road to discovery. Listen to me read this piece here:   When you look closely at anything familiar, it kind of transmogrifies into something unfamiliar — the sort of cognitive version of saying your name again and again and again, or a word […]

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On what is remarkably human, & alive.

On what is remarkably human, & alive.

My essay, “Perdition Days” — about the visceral experience of Cotard’s delusion, and the impact that it had on my marriage and life — went up yesterday. I couldn’t sleep on the night of the 24th. Like a giddy child on the eve of the first day of school, I was restless with excitement; the […]

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