We pause a moment in our countdown of greatest American Novels to report to you on, of all things, a Korean writer named Bae Suah. Ms. Suah is a writer of daring fiction. Her style is unique. There is a psychological tension to her stories. Her voice is singularly her own. She is the first and only female Korean writer of fiction we have ever come across. Ms. Suah's wikipedia page is here.
We read her Novella "Highway With Green Apples" in the December 18, 2013, edition of "Day One", a Kindle publication that publishes one work of short fiction every week. Outside of purchasing the 12/18/13 edition of Day One from Amazon, we are not sure how you can access her fiction. But the effort is well worth it. Bae Suah is the reason we read: to discover the surprising voice that takes you to places you have never been and can never get to (the mind of a young, dissatisfied Korean sales girl, for instance).
And if you perchance enjoy new fiction, then we highly recommend the dollar a week cost of a "Day One" Kindle subscription. Reading a new short story over lunch is the perfect way to unwind from a hard morning in court.
SURVIVOR POOL: Weisman vs. Lurvey. South Beach Style vs. Aventura Attitude. It all comes down to week 16. It has been a remarkable run and we have decided that if both pick a winner today they will be crowned co-champions, and forever more, making it to week sixteen will henceforth be known as a "Weisman-Lurvey" (yeah, we know, it needs some work. It sounds more like a comet or a new subatomic particle than a survivor pool achievement.).
Weisman thinks the answer to his championship hopes are the Tennessee Titans, while Lurvey is confident the Bengals will dispatch the Ravens and crown him champ.
Stay tuned as selections 7,6,5,4 are posted as the 2013 REGJB Blog's Greatest American Novel countdown continues.