Michael Chin

Chin, Michael

What is your favorite line from your featured piece in The Ginger Collect?

“Lucy, the old librarian, used to be nice, but she glared at me after the Easter egg hunt.”

 

Who is your most beloved author?

At present, I’d say Maggie Nelson.

 

Do you have a favorite quote from this author?

From The Argonauts: “A day or two after my love pronouncement, now feral with vulnerability, I sent you the passage from Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes in which Barthes describes how the subject who utters the phrase ‘I love you’ is like ‘the Argonaut renewing his ship during its voyage without changing its name.’ Just as the Argo’s parts may be replaced over time but the boat is still called the Argo, whenever the lover utters the phrase ‘I love you,’ its meaning must be renewed by each use, as ‘the very task of love and of language is to give to one and the same phrase inflections which will be forever new.’”

 

What inspired your piece?

This pieces is part of a series of linked flash pieces centered on an eccentric character named Dorothy as she aims to make sense of the world around her, and her place in it. I first drafted this piece around an Easter holiday.

 

You can read Michael Chin’s piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: Easter Eggs.