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, Bangkok, Nagasaki, 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, where he writes a regular column, "Finglish."


96 entries by Y.S. Fing

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Learning to express myself in another medium.

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Saidiya Hartman seeks to recover the women buried under white supremacist history.

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Kraft: A Novel

By Jonas Lüscher; translated by Tess Lewis

An aging German scholar flees his complicated life to write a prize-winning essay in Silicon Valley.

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A long-ago lesson from my father still resonates today.

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It’s up to us to resist — and repudiate — agit-prop.

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An introduction to D. Selby Fing’s Perdition: Part One of the Profane Comedy.

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Untangling the incendiary ethos of the n-word.

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Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir

By Alan D. Gaff

An unnecessary repetition of famed sports agent Christy Walsh’s myth-building mission.

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The absurdist genius of Matei Călinescu and Jung Young Moon.

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Newspapers, education, and critical thinking.

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And I’ve got the sense to prove it…

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Prisoner

By Jason Rezaian

An American journalist recounts his ordeal suffered at the hands of the Islamic Republic.

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How Edmund Spenser really viewed the Emerald Isle.

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Thoughts on navigating the dark days of the Yuletide.

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How Jefferson’s Bible interpreted — and improved — the Gospels.

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Two columnists contemplate The Haunting of Hill House.

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Embracing poetry’s power to illuminate a dim destiny.

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How a nation atones for its historical sins.

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The fantastical path of Brazil’s Pedro II

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How identifying with angry protagonists changes over time.

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How Firesign relentlessly rejected the status quo.

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Conclusions both sobering and hopeful from a lifelong exploration of human nature.

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Revisiting the comments section

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The journalist talks Plessy, segregation, and the lingering power of a sole dissenting justice.

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The seeds of racial discord were sown long before the Civil War.

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The perfect guide for an imperfect Buddhist

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Educated

By Tara Westover

This debut asks the age-old question, “Can you go home again?”

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This second installment of a two-volume “fictional biography” is remarkably compassionate toward the scandalous Roman.

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An idealistic Zionist sees his utopian dream collapse.

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A pair of columnists contemplate The Haunting of Hill House.

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The Last of the Tsars

By Robert Service

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

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What Dumas Malone refused to believe about Thomas Jefferson.

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So, Jack and Upton walk into a bar…

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The meditative wonder of Planting Dandelions

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The plight of a young would-be looter touches on the ineffable sadness of battle.

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The visionary best friends who interpreted the design of the natural world

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The enduring — and often private — language of tattoos

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Revisiting Foucault’s treatise on the flow of power

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

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Samuel Johnson's biographer set a high bar for the rest of us.

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Educated: A Memoir

By Tara Westover

This debut asks the age-old question, “Can you go home again?”

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The 13th-century visionary was so much more than a poet.

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Through her many books, journalist Gessen shines an unsparing, incisive light on Russia

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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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By 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.