"When you walk inside the bookshop, the first thing that hits you is the wood smell from the bookshelves. We had them made by a local furniture maker/carpentry workshop which is probably one of the last of its kind left in Hong Kong, with most furniture now being made in the Mainland or wherever else one might find cheap(er) labor."
"I asked a journalist why so much gun-violence reporting lacks context—that only three to five percent of all violence, not only gun violence, is attributable to mental illness—and he said it’d be too clunky if a reporter always provided context. But if it’s between clunkiness and an omission of facts, I’ll take clunkiness."
"I wanted to make a similar gesture here, using a person’s spoken language as a way of revealing the changes to their personality. We reveal so much about who we are, and where we are in life through the words we use."
"I found myself very interested in the afterlife of Gaye, and the way his particular type of death could lead to a set of unanswered questions in whatever the afterlife might look like . . . I wanted to place his ghost in the modern day, in hopes that I could shorten some distance between him and his many narratives.."
"The numerous publications that we have put out in the past seven years has certainly allowed us to carry difficult conversations, push the envelope on both liberal and conservative values, and hopefully, in the lighter moments, gift the joy of reading to another person.."
"I was drawn to Michelle [Boisseau] the minute I met her, in a workshop in the mid-nineties. It was full of groaning male energy, and she was wry and funny and circumspect and female, and I was a young queer writer, seduced by surface but wildly unsure—so she was exactly the person I needed."