Jay Caspian Kang

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Jay Caspian Kang
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Occupation Writer, editor
Employer Vice, The New York Times
Notable work The Dead Do Not Improve

Jay Caspian Kang is an American writer and editor. He is a correspondent on Vice News Tonight and as a writer-at-large at the New York Times Magazine. Previously he was an editor of Grantland, then of the science and technology blog Elements at The New Yorker. His debut novel The Dead Do Not Improve was released by the Hogarth/Random House in the summer of 2012.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Boston and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He graduated from Bowdoin College.[2] He received his Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from Columbia University.[3]

Career[edit]

Kang's debut novel The Dead Do Not Improve was released in 2012 by Hogarth/Random House.[4] The book was summarized by Kirkus Book Reviews as a "Pynchon-esque menagerie of California surfers, cops, thugs and dot-com workers [that] converge in a comic anti-noir."[5] The book revolves around a disgruntled MFA graduate named Philip Kim, who discovers that his elderly neighbor has been murdered, and who soon becomes the unlikely protagonist of a quickly unfolding mystery involving a struggle between fictionalized versions of two San Francisco institutions: Cafe Gratitude and Kink.com.[6] Kang has said that he wanted to write the book about Korean American male anger and reflect on how the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, was also Korean.[7]

Kang joined Vice in June 2016[8] as civil rights correspondent,[9] appearing on HBO's "Vice News Tonight".[10] He is also a writer-at-large for The New York Times Magazine.[10] Previously he was a founding editor of the ESPN sports and culture Grantland,[11] and then served as editor of the science and technology blog Elements at The New Yorker from April to November 2014.[12]

Kang currently lives in New York.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huffington Post, The Book We're Talking About: 'The Dead Do Not Improve' By Jay Caspian Kang, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/dead-do-not-improve_n_1747545.html
  2. ^ Y. Peter Kang, August Issue: Jay Caspian Kang Explores Korean American Male Anger in New Novel, KoreAm Journal, http://iamkoream.com/august-issue-jay-caspian-kang-explores-korean-american-male-anger-in-new-novel/
  3. ^ The Morning News, Losing in Vegas: Jay Caspian Kang's "literary moment", http://www.niemanstoryboard.org/2010/11/11/jason-kang-morning-news-the-high-literary-moment-gambling-addiction/
  4. ^ Grantland, First Serial: The Dead Do Not Improve, http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8219991/exclusive-excerpt-grantland-editor-jay-caspian-kang-new-book-dead-do-not-improve
  5. ^ Kirkus Review of Jay Caspian Kang's The Dead No Not Improve, https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jay-caspian-kang/dead-do-not-improve/
  6. ^ Huffington Post, The Book We're Talking About: 'The Dead Do Not Improve' By Jay Caspian Kang, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/dead-do-not-improve_n_1747545.html
  7. ^ Y, Peter Kang, August Issue: Jay Caspian Kang Explores Korean American Male Anger in New Novel, KoreAm Journal, http://iamkoream.com/august-issue-jay-caspian-kang-explores-korean-american-male-anger-in-new-novel/
  8. ^ O'Shea, Chris (June 15, 2016). "Vice Adds a Dozen". FishbowlNY. AdWeek. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Jay Caspian Kang joins Vice as civil rights correspondent". alldigitocracy.org. June 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  10. ^ a b Prince, Richard (2016-12-13). "Telling Our Truth in the Age of Trump". The Root. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  11. ^ Sterne, Peter (November 13, 2014). "Jay Caspian Kang leaving The New Yorker for N.Y. Times Magazine". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  12. ^ "Jay Caspian Kang Named Editor of The New Yorker's Elements - Cision". Cision. 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  13. ^ The Huffington Post, The Book We're Talking About: 'The Dead No Not Improve' By Jay Caspian Kang, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/dead-do-not-improve_n_1747545.html
  14. ^ Angry Asian Man, Angry Reader of the Week: Jay Caspian Kang, http://blog.angryasianman.com/2012/08/angry-reader-of-week-jay-caspian-kang.html

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