I’ve graded 22 English essays and have 22 to go. Time for a little distraction.
A nice review came out of Fugitive Visions in L Magazine in New York. (THANK YOU THANK YOU!!) I’m glad it was nice because as far as I can see, it’s the ONLY review!
Fugitive Visions has been a very very quiet little thing, and for me that’s OK. I’m completely engulfed by TRACK so my plan is to just wait and come to the U.S. to do a little bookity book touring in February next year. I have 15 days of yearly vacation at my company, so that probably means it will be just a quick trip to California and Minnesota before heading back to Seoul. I keep having fantasies of quitting my job and driving around the U.S. for a month, but how realistic is that!? Truth is, I really like my job and it would be hard to lose it.
These days I’m busy putting the English subtitles on the video of the public hearing for the adoption law. I can subtitle 8 minutes in one hour. There are 2 hours of footage (it was cut short before the question and answer — sorry folks! I didn’t bring enough tape). It is really time-consuming work, but I enjoy it a lot. And no, I can’t understand Korean that well. I am working from the simultaneous translation that we taped at the hearing, but that they wouldn’t agree to let us use for “broadcast.”
So, after 4-5 years of living in Korea I think my stomach is now a fully Korean stomach, meaning it’s not in good condition. All that barbequed meat, soju, salt, and hot pepper has finally caught up to me. I’ve been living basically on Gatorade and crackers, juk, and dwenjang (and tonight, a magical Coca-Cola!) for a week. Weirdly I haven’t really lost a lot of weight. (Why is that?) I resolve to eat less Korean food if I ever stop the unintended Master Cleanse. Why do people do this on purpose!? Been to the hospital twice now, and the second time I got three mystery injections plus an IV, so now I have a big TRACK mark up my arm. Ha ha … ^^ one more bad pun …