But you know, I created an entire nonprofit foundation to support South Asian and diaspora literature, with chapters in several American states, plus Canada and England, and a mailing list of over a thousand people. I've put on three solid arts festivals. I teach Asian American literature. The Chicago Foundation for Women gave me an award last year for "Breaking Barriers for Asian American Women."
Maybe the White House could have given me a courtesy call, at least?
I would have really loved that job.
(And did I have a moment of bitter resentment that I chose to have two children in the last four years, instead of completing another book or two, and perhaps winning a major prize of my own? Why yes, yes I did. Damned biological clock. If I hadn't been in my late thirties, I would have written another book or two first.)