5 QUESTIONS WITH JAY CASPIAN KANG
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jay Caspian Kang grew up in Boston and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2003, Kang graduated from Bowdoin College and was also awarded the prestigious Sinkinson Prize for Best Short Story. Shortly thereafter he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.
Kang has had articles appear in the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Deadspin and The Atlantic. Along with surfing, he’s an avid sports fan, writing many articles for Bill Simmons’ Grantland, where he is currently an Editor. Kang’s debut novel, THE DEAD DO NOT IMPROVE was released in August of 2012 and revolves around a disgruntled MFA graduate named Philip Kim, who discovers that his elderly neighbor has been murdered, and who soon becomes the unlikely protagonist of a quickly unfolding mystery.
We had a chance to discuss with Jay his novel, his affinity towards Pop Music, and why surfers are a totally different breed.