"I’m not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. Except for Virginia Woolf. And when I tried to teach Virginia Woolf, she’s too sophisticated, even for a third-year class. Usually at the beginning of the semester a hand shoots up and someone asks why there aren’t any women writers in the course. I say I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth.”
My class will be 100% Chinese lesbian writers.
Why poetry can be hard for most people?
Because speaking to the dead is not something you want to do when you have other things to do in your day; Because life is no more important than eating or fucking or talking someone into fucking or talking someone into something or sleeping calmly and soundly. And all you can hope for are the people who put that calm in you or let you go into it with dignity. Because poetry reminds you that there is no dignity in living; You just muddle through and for what? No. Poetry is hard for most people because of sound.