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Amy Tan’s first job was writing astrology

Clip: 05/03/2021 | 2m 12s | Video has closed captioning.

Amy Tan’s first job was “making up” astrology for her friend’s astrology hotline business. She later wrote ad copy, direct mail, and became a technical writer for a telecommunications company: “all the subjects I had absolutely no interest in,” Tan recalls. She turned to writing fiction in the search for more meaningful work and learned a lot about herself in the process.

Aired: 05/03/21

Rating: NR

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