Y.S. Fing

Y.S. Fing is the second son of D. Selby Fing. He has a B.S. from Boston University and an M.A. from Portland State University. He has taught English in Boston, Silver City, NM, Portland, OR, Istanbul, Turkey, Bangkok, Thailand, Nagasaki, Japan, and the DC area. He has collaborated with his brother in annotating his father’s epic poem, “The Profane Comedy,” by D. Selby Fing (please visit www.dselbyfing.com) and written “Event Horizons: Aphorisms on the Life of D. Selby Fing.” He is a man of letters and very happy to be involved with the Washington Independent Review of Books.


52 entries by Y.S. Fing

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The famous rhymes are a gift to language

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Reflecting on the ins and outs (mostly outs) of the 2016 presidential campaign.

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What happened to the Romanovs as the noose tightened around their necks?

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A conflicted idealist details the lessons learned while working with a disadvantaged young man.

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A loving letter to James Agee

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Exploring Ta-Nehisi Coates’ thoughts on the incendiary issue

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Writers of the world, unite!

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The genius of Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camoes

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A powerful memoir of growing up in Depression-era Manhattan.

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Pondering recent works which have stuck with me.

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A reflection on the philosopher’s enduring enlightenment

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How a pseudonym can reveal, not mask, the man behind it.

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Weighing the value of anonymous public discourse in the age of Trump.

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A look at titles that have stayed with me.

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A meditation on Zachary Lazar’s Sway.

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Praising Toni Morrison’s clear-eyed view of a national crisis.

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How being alone informs writing and life

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Discovering a trove of mystical beauty through a lifelong obsession with baseball

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The immortal genius of Bowie and Reed

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The countless rewards of heading the Washington Writers Conference

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Don’t let research destroy your story’s soul

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How Buddhism informs my writing

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The wisdom of embracing the unexpected

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Recognizing the stripped-down version of Christmas.

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Appreciating inspiration both in its presence and during its absence.

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Resist corporate overlords' attempts to steal your boredom!

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There’s no “I’m better than you” in team.

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We are all part of the universe; the universe is a part of all of us.

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It’s okay to glance backward while looking ahead.

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Why brainstorming ideas makes for better writing

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Using the small to reveal the all.

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Appreciating the genius of Gertrude Stein.

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Why authors should embrace the power of lyrics

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An education in accuracy

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Perspective and Learning.

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With his capacious heart and intellect, the author presents an assortment of thought-provoking essays for those oblivious to the numbers everywhere around us.

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Good Kids

Benjamin Nugent

The sins of the father are revisited on the son in this debut novel by the author of American Nerd.

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Jim Holt

The author draws on ancient and modern sages to help answer the age-old question: What makes the universe and how did we get here?

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Agustín Fuentes

The Notre Dame University Professor of Anthropology gives readers a “myth-busting toolkit” to reveal the cultural construction of race, aggression and sexuality.

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Robert M. Knight

In this concise handbook, a journalist and teacher reduces writing to the essentials for any form of communication.

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Paulo Coelho

This novel of a mystical trans-Siberian train journey takes the reader on a quest for meaning, with no end in sight.

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Ha Jin

The PEN/Faulkner Award winner's newest novel fictionalizes the story of Minnie Vautrin, of the Jinling College for Girls in Nanjing, 1937.

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Gabrielle Principe

A psychologist examines the unexpected side effects of classrooms, ballparks, family rooms and minivans.

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Charles C. Mann

In a follow-up to his earlier book, 1491, the author examines the arrival of hybrid society and the birth of globalization.

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Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux

A text for understanding and using the tools of critical social and literary theory.

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Roger Penrose

Respected physicist Roger Penrose theorizes on the beginning and end of our universe.

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Frederick Kempe

The myriad personalities and politics behind the creation of the Berlin Wall.

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Richard Ford

Raymond Carver’s shadow looms large over this collection of stories that illuminate the emotional fallout when reality doesn’t meet our desires.