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News Tue Apr 14 2009

Nami Mun Interview

The Independent interviews author Nami Mun, whose novel Miles from Nowhere bears some autobiographical elements:

"...Ms Mun said she was spurred into adult education after a humiliating episode while working as a waitress, and eventually completed an English literature degree at Berkeley university.

"I was a minor and I worked really hard to get whatever I needed," she said. "I got a job as a waitress serving cocktails when I was only 15. I was serving these two guys and they had a bet on about me. They asked me a maths question - 'What do you call a line that touches but does not intersect a circle?' I'd left school after eighth grade and I was kind of embarrassed that I didn't know the answer.

"One guy bet that I'd know because I was Asian, while the other bet I wouldn't know because I was a waitress. I was so maddened by them that I signed up for my educational diploma," she said.

I think that's a bit of an unfair question... I went all the way through college calculus and could only guess the answer (and I'm shocked that, however wild the guess was, it was right).

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SteveM / January 20, 2010 1:30 PM

Nami Bun is one of the best authors of last time to my mind. Her novels are always so personal so touching, I can't even explain them in my own words. "Miles from nowhere" was something really really special. Those autobiographical elements had touched my heart because I had realized that the biggest part of her novels describe some fact from her life... It made me to respect her even more. Thanks for the great excerpts from the interview and I will be waiting for more nice articles from you in the future too. Thanks!


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