Yasuko Thanh is the author of the short story collection Floating Like the Dead (McClelland & Stewart, 2012). Her first novel, set in French Indochina, is forthcoming in 2016 with Penguin Canada, Hamish Hamilton, and Editura RAO, Romania. She also plays in a punk band.

Memento Mori

Vancouver photographer Robert Kenney records me for posterity. He’s doing a project about Canadian artists. Guess that means I am one. “Don’t smile.” These were my instructions. Now I know why people in historical photos always look grumpy. How did . . .
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The Table Where Rich People Sit

“Will I be rich / will I be poor / will I still sleep on the floor?” The Descendents, a California punk group, posed, prophesized, and lyricized my life’s looming questions when they sang, “What will I be like / . . .
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