Tag Archives: Jeffrey Miller Writes

Culture Shock! Korea — Chock Full of Information!

Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd Date: February 7, 2018 I’ll never forget when I first came to Korea in 1990 to teach English, my school sent me an information packet about the school and Korea. Specifically, it was mostly badly photo-copied material about what I should or shouldn’t bring to Korea as well […]

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The Freedman — Book Review

I’ve been a big fan of Lars Hedbor ever since I read his first book, The Prize. What first impressed me was his style of writing that captured this period of American history. I’ve often compared him to another one of my favorite writers, who also wrote about this period, James Fenimore Cooper. His latest, […]

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Pachinko, A Literary Triumph!

In the spirit of Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy, Pachinko is a beautifully written story about the sweeping four-generation history and saga of a Korean family in Japan. In a story filled with forbidden love, triumph and failure, and the need to belong, author Min Jin Lee sheds light on a subject not normally explored […]

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Roadside Table — One Mile Ahead

Today I was thinking about roadside tables. Remember them? This was not a rest area with all the amenities (grills, restrooms, running water, and a possibly a playground for the kids). A roadside table was that. Just a picnic table or two and a trashcan. Usually at some junction/intersection where a family could enjoy a […]

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10,000 words

Just passed 10,000 words on my current WIP. The first 10,000 words are the always the hardest. I seem to be slowing down a little. Either that, I am taking more time (this is probably the real reason) for writing out particular scenes…and don’t forget I am still writing out the first draft by hand. […]

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Regrets? I’ve had a few

Today, without fanfare or celebration, I will mark sixty trips around the sun. In Asia, one’s sixtieth birthday is an auspicious occasion because there was a time when most folks didn’t live past sixty. These days, sixty is the new forty (though my body sure doesn’t feel like it). What a strange and amazing trip […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — 2017

Another year in Korea. Twenty-seven and counting. It’s this time of the year when I wax nostalgia and feel homesick the most. And more often than not, I find myself waxing nostalgia for the time when I first came to Korea. Recently, my friend and book designer, Anna Takahashi, redid the cover design for Waking […]

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Shootout in the JSA

We had ourselves a little incident in the Joint Security Area (JSA) this week when a North Korean soldier defected to the South. This was the story reported by CBS News: SEOUL, South Korea — Four North Korean soldiers fired about 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part III

This is Part III of a five-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired by Barry Lancet’s The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about “the scariest place on the earth.” Did someone say road trip to the DMZ? That’s what happened in August 2000 when I was invited back to the JSA, […]

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Hot off the Presses!

The first batch of Bureau 39 arrived in Daejeon today, and in the immortal words of Ed Grimley (Martin Short) what a thrill it was to open the box to see all these copies, if I must say. This is one book that readers are going to love holding in their hands. As much as […]

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