TAN LIN is the author of over twelve books, most recently, of Heath Course Pak, Insomnia and the Aunt, and 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004 The Joy of Cooking. His non-fiction writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Art in America, Artforum, Purple, Cabinet, and Triple Canopy. He is the recipient of a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant, and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant. His art and video works have been screened at numerous museums, including MoMA/PS 1, Yale Art Museum, New Museum, and the Drawing Center. 7 Controlled Vocabularies received the Association for Asian American Studies Award for Poetry/Literature. He is currently working on a novel, Our Feelings Were Made By Hand.
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What happens when a common human feeling, say love, envy, or the desire to organize your kitchen utensil drawer, gets inserted into the body of an ant?
Monday You are a part of the incompleteness of/my afternoon.
My father died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California, on the morning of August 4, 1988. He had been living in Santa Barbara for four years, and my mother, an English professor at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, joined him, as I did, for the summers.