The World of Chinese

Author’s Note:


My inspiratio­n for “Neighbor” came from stray cats always showing up at my window before Halloween, as well as the work of the great Argentine shortstory writer Jorge Luis Borges. This story reminds me of how surprising­ly imaginativ­e improvised writing can be—it’s like a random strike, but worth keeping in mind. Now I always try to make room in my work for improvisat­ion and fun, which may be the most important thing when writing.

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