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China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - Sag Har­bor, The In­tu­ition­ist Zone One, MEI JIA

Col­son White­head has pub­lished six nov­els and two col­lec­tions of es­says. They vary not only in theme but also in style.

Back in the early 1990s, he wanted to struc­ture a unique story for his de­but. He aban­doned the com­mon trope of writ­ing a semi-au­to­bi­o­graphic story,“which be­gins with two peo­ple’s di­a­logue about Kurt Cobain in a cafe”. He went on with a se­ries of cat­a­strophic events for a Hol­ly­wood child star. The book was re­jected.

He re­turned to semi-au­to­bio- looks at city life and ur­ban tales from a re­ally rare and won­der­ful an­gle.

pub­lished in 2011, is the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic tale of Mark Spitz, a vol­un­teer “sweeper” in down­town Man­hat­tan who, af­ter a pan­demic, helps clear down­town Man­hat­tan of the in­fected.

The story was in­spired by a dream he had amid the tur­moil of di­vorce and his fas­ci­na­tion with zom­bie sto­ries and sci-fi.

graphic theme for his fourth novel,

pub­lished in 2009, which de­picts teenagers hang­ing out in Sag Har­bor, Long Is­land, dur­ing the sum­mer of 1985. White­head’s pub­lished de­but was

in 1999. He says he thought the novel might be a ma­jor hit, but it proved to be too ahead of its time with its fo­cus on el­e­va­tor in­spec­tor Lila Mae Wat­son, a woman who re­lies on her senses and feel­ings to tra­verse a ver­ti­cal city.

Chi­nese poet Xi Chuan says it

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