Chee is author of the 2016 novel “The Queen of the Night,” which spent three weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list, and the novel “Edinburgh.” Chee was a winner of the Whiting Award in 2003 and has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, and currently lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.
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I’ve loved and admired Mary Gaitskill’s essays over the years as they’ve appeared in between her novels and short story collections, and here, collected at last in “Somebody with A Little Hammer,” with a cover she designed herself, I felt like I had not just a collection of her essays but an essential aspect of her intellect.
The first day of Kit Reed’s advanced fiction class, sitting in the yellow Victorian house I would come to know simply as “Lawn Avenue,” was my first time for so many things.