SINGAPORE - In Ng Yi-Sheng's new short story collection Lion City, a man starts to believe he was a bowl of laksa in his past life. It becomes a problem. He can no longer eat good food for fear that he is consuming somebody's past incarnation.
Ng, 38, maintains he is not, in real life, a bowl of laksa. If anything, he is something homely, perhaps lotus root and pork bone soup. "I think I would like to be crazier and wilder than I actually am," he says.