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Alexander Chee & Joseph Osmundson

Alexander Chee | How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

“How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” explores Alexander Chee’s life as a man, a writer, and an activist. Collectively, the essays form Chee’s manifesto on how we form our identities in the creative world, mixing life, literature, and politics to reveal how the lessons he learned from reading and writing have shaped who he is. In these essays he morphs from a student to a teacher, reader to writer, and considers his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean-American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He recalls formative experiences of his life and the country’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, writing his first novel, and the election of Donald Trump.

Alexander Chee is the author of the national best-seller “The Queen of the Night.”

Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer with bylines at the Village Voice, Los Angeles Review of Books, author of “Capsid: A Love Song” and “INSIDE/OUT,” and cohost of the Food 4 Thot podcast.

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