Posts Tagged ‘UC Berkeley’

Interview: novelist Nami Mun

In Nami Mun’s debut novel Miles from Nowhere, the protagonist Joon is a Korean-American Justine, forever suffering pain and injuries at the hands of family, friends, lovers and strangers. Everything she touches turns to dust: when she feeds a starving mutt, she inadvertently kills it by feeding it fried chicken, the bones of which pierce its intestines. She survives — barely — a teen shelter, drug addiction, an abusive family, and faithless boyfriends, before finally cleaning up and moving on.

The book is set in New York and Mun now lives in Chicago. But she graduated from UC Berkeley and was a member of an East Bay writers group for some time, so that makes her a home girl here. She’s on a book tour and will appear Wednesday at 6:00 pm at Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building. After the jump, she answers some questions I put to her through her publicist.

UC attacks tree-sitters’ outpost

With the campus empty of students and most of the Bay Area media covering same-sex marriages, UC-Berkeley today launched an assault on the tree sitters that have been occupying an oak grove.

The protestors, who have been conducting a sit-in in the trees for 18 months to prevent destruction of the grove for a new university building, fought back with their own excrement as “arborists” attempted to cut ropes and other gear the protestors use to haul supplies to their perches.

An article on Bay Area Indymedia, a website devoted to protest reports and organizing by the left, reported that five “contract climbers” were attempting to dislodge protestors’ gear.

The action comes the day before a decision is expected to be announced in a lawsuit brought by the protestors and the city of Berkeley to stop construction of the proposed atheletic training facility. The protestors first scaled the trees on Dec. 1, 2006.

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