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The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation

The New Koreans: The Story of a Nation By Michael Breen Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (April 4, 2017) When it comes to writing about Korea—its people, culture, and history—there is no one better up to that onerous task than Michael Breen who has devoted most of his life observing and writing about […]

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Proof Day

You know the adage, “the proof is in the pudding?” Well, that’s how I felt when I received my proof of Bureau 39 in the mail today. It’s a big day when you see the physical copy of your book for the first time. It’s a thrill that never gets old. Even though I had […]

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National Geographic — December 1979

One of my prized possessions is a 1979 issue of National Geographic that I bought on eBay to remind me of what it was like to come to Korea in 1990. It was late summer 1990. Iraq had invaded Kuwait, Die Hard 2 and Ghost were two of the summer’s hottest movies, and I had […]

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A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Not much of a rainy season in Korea this summer. Had some torrential rain for about three days in mid-June. Hasn’t rained much since. Now that August has arrived, we are entering typhoon season. Had some really wicked typhoon seasons in the late 90s. I remembering coming back to Shinch’on from teaching a class at […]

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Hot Enough For You?

The dog days of summer are upon us and it’s been one sweltering, humid day after another with no relief in sight. It’s without question one of the hottest and most humid summers I have experienced in all my years in Korea. There have been some hot summers here in Korea that come close to […]

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Yes, You can Judge a Book by its Cover

You know the old adage, “you can judge a book by its cover?” It’s true. It’s especially true if you are an indie author and you’re trying to fight for a piece of the action in a market that is getting smaller and smaller. If you want your book to get noticed you are going […]

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Reviews Do Matter

 I am always grateful when someone takes out the time to leave a review for one of my books at Amazon or Goodreads. When you’re an indie writer you need all the help you can get promoting your book and there’s no better way than by word-of-mouth when someone writes an honest review. Recently, this […]

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Full Circle

Not long after I arrived in Korea in 1990, I started having breakfast at Paris Croissant in the Kangnam subway station. My buddy, Ken, told me about the place where a fellow could get a fried egg, toast, and coffee for a couple thousand won. Not a bad deal. On many a morning, before I […]

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Hot Summer in Daejeon

It’s sure been hot in Daejeon this summer. As summers have come and gone for me these past twenty-four years in Korea, this summer has been a brutal one. This past Saturday was ipchu, which according to the Korean Lunar Calendar, is the beginning of autumn. The nights have started to get a little cooler, so […]

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Room With a View

Looking out my 12th floor apartment in Daejeon. Of all the places and apartments I have lived in the 24 plus years I’ve worked and lived in Korea, I’ve finally moved up to a room with a view. The building in the middle is the KORAIL (Korean Railroad) headquarters. Daejeon station is to the right. […]

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