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In Australia, Mr. Kim is a cleaner. In China, Kim was a surgeon. A brain surgeon.
— Kim in real life, by Daniel Dalton. Read it here.

“Kim in real life” by Daniel Dalton  
 We call him Mr. Kim. We added the Mister. 
 Mr. Kim is Chinese. They don’t have Misters. They say Xiānshēng. I had to Google that. I don’t know how to pronounce it. 
 Mr. Kim is my cleaner. I don’t like to clean, so I hired Mr. Kim. I hired him because he was cheap. 
 For $50 he cleans my house. He scrubs down the kitchen, does any dishes I’ve left, mops the floors. He does it with a smile. Mr. Kim is always smiling. 
 He vacuums the rug and the stray bits of cat litter and cleans my shavings off the back of the sink, where it was too much trouble for me to bother. 
 He scrubs my toilet bowl. He does it with a smile. Sometimes he sings quietly. I pay him $50. 
 Read  the rest on Medium . 
 (First publishing in  Cuttings )

“Kim in real life” by Daniel Dalton

We call him Mr. Kim. We added the Mister.

Mr. Kim is Chinese. They don’t have Misters. They say Xiānshēng. I had to Google that. I don’t know how to pronounce it.

Mr. Kim is my cleaner. I don’t like to clean, so I hired Mr. Kim. I hired him because he was cheap.

For $50 he cleans my house. He scrubs down the kitchen, does any dishes I’ve left, mops the floors. He does it with a smile. Mr. Kim is always smiling.

He vacuums the rug and the stray bits of cat litter and cleans my shavings off the back of the sink, where it was too much trouble for me to bother.

He scrubs my toilet bowl. He does it with a smile. Sometimes he sings quietly. I pay him $50.

Read the rest on Medium.

(First publishing in Cuttings)

The revolution slept in. When we woke up it was too late.
— Read my short "The Last Post" on Medium.

Ernest Hemingway’s Reading List for a Young Writer  
 In the spring of 1934, a young man who wanted to be a writer hopped trains to Florida to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. Papa wrote him this list: 
  “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane 
 “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane 
 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 
 Dubliners by James Joyce 
 The Red and the Black by Stendhal 
 Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham 
 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 
 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 
 Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann 
 Hail and Farewell by George Moore 
 The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
 The Oxford Book of English Verse 
 The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings 
 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
 Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson 
 The American by Henry James 
  What happened  next is even better … ( via )

Ernest Hemingway’s Reading List for a Young Writer

In the spring of 1934, a young man who wanted to be a writer hopped trains to Florida to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. Papa wrote him this list:

  • “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane
  • “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Dubliners by James Joyce
  • The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  • Hail and Farewell by George Moore
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Oxford Book of English Verse
  • The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
  • The American by Henry James

What happened next is even better… (via)