On episode 17, we welcome Samuel Park, the author of This Burns My Heart, which was chosen as a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, BookPage, and NPR.org. It was also one of the Today Show’s “Favorite Things” and a People magazine “Great Read in Fiction.” Samuel is also the author of the novel Shakespeare’s Sonnets, published by Alyson Books, and the writer-director of the short film of the same name, which was an official selection at film festivals in San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, and Zurich’s Pink Apple LGBT Film International Film Festival. He is an Associate Professor of English at Columbia College and has published scholarly articles and reviews for Theater Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Black Camera.
Samuel came over to talk to us about tragic love, being in a nebulous relationship with LA, and the dearth of accessible contemporary literary fiction.
In Samuel's own words:
"I feel like in literary fiction there's this overvaluing of language