Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes, + Pranks [NOOK Book]

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In a time when memoirs are often less than they claim to be and essays do not say enough, Justin Chin breaks onto the scene with a collection that is a combination of confession, tirade, journalism, and practical joke.

Mongrel is a cross-section of Chin's imagination and experiences that calls into question what it means to be an Asian-American in San Francisco, the effect your family will always have on you, and the role sexuality plays in ...
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Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes, + Pranks

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Overview



In a time when memoirs are often less than they claim to be and essays do not say enough, Justin Chin breaks onto the scene with a collection that is a combination of confession, tirade, journalism, and practical joke.

Mongrel is a cross-section of Chin's imagination and experiences that calls into question what it means to be an Asian-American in San Francisco, the effect your family will always have on you, and the role sexuality plays in your life. Whether it be Internet pornography or family history, Chin manages to dig deep and uncover not only the truths of everyday life, but also the absurdities that surround them.

Mongrel is an exploration and distillation of the experiences and imagination of a gay Asian-American whose sensibilities were formed by the maelstrom of '80s American pop culture. A unique collection from a brash, funny new voice.

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What People Are Saying

Tim Miller
Justin Chin joyously picks at the scab of these times to peek at what our flesh really looks like underneath. In this juicy collection, Mongrel, no subject is off-limits as Chin humorously explores the hot buttons of sex, class, race, and even proctology!
—Tim Miller, author of Shirts & Skins
Felice Picano
Justin Chin is so terrific in live performances that I was afraid his prose couldn't live up to my expectations. I was wrong. Mongrel is ferocious, challenging, funny, deadpan, moving, and yes, it opened up a new reality to me. Chin is the Gonzo-Montaigne of our post-Foucault, post-Brady Bunch generation.
—Felice Picano, author of Like People in History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429925297
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 219 KB

Meet the Author

Justin Chin lives in San Francisco. His work has appeared in many anthologies and magazines. His book of poetry, Bite Hard (Manic D Press) is a 1998 Lambda Literary Award Finalist.

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Mongrel
CHAIN LETTERDear Friend of Literature: 
 
Enclosed is a very good book. In fact, it is more than supergood. It is fucking brilliant. Please take the time out to read the book and recommend it to eight others. If you do not wish to read the book or find that you cannot finish it for whatever reason (book too long, too verbose, failing eyesight, leprosy, etc.), please give the book to someone else who will appreciate it and also recommend it to eight others. PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS LETTER. Aloysious Wong, of Hoboken, heeded it and now his first novel, I Don't Know What Race I Am (I'm So Confused), is currently being shopped around at A MAJOR NEW YORK PUBLISHER with film rights in the works. On the other hand, Geri-Ann Shimizu, of Honolulu, chose to ignore this letter and, to date, her only publishing credit is her poem "Flip Flops at Sandy Beach," published in the spring 1998 issue of Bamboo Canyon. It was on the left side of a Juli-Anna Shibata Lee-Nelson poem and so only four people read it. The fifthreader, Geri-Ann's babe, Scott Nishimoto-Newman, only made it halfway through because he couldn't understand it. Catherina Sung, of White Christmas Valley Canyon, received this chain and chose to ignore it and her second book, Memories of Sewing and Cooking with My Mother, went unnoticed. She later remembered the chain and passed it on and her third book, A Sewing and Cooking Girlhood, is currently #11 at the Waimea Barnes and Noble bestest-seller list. Her neighbor also carried on the chain and her dog had beautiful puppies. M Prince, of Twenty Nine Palms, California, broke the chain and he developed several canker sores while reading the new John Grisham best-seller and could not enjoy the book. You get the picture. Please do not break the chain. We want only good things to happen to you. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. Do it now and good things will befall you. 
Thank you.Copyright © 1999 by Justin Chin. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
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Table of Contents

Chain Letter 1
Monster 3
Saved 12
Q-Punk Grammar 31
Currency 35
My Fissurectomy 49
The Endless Possibility of a Kiss in a Fevered Faraway Home 55
The Crispy Edges of Pancakes 59
Blah 69
On [Ass Tactics], [Aztec Ticks], Aesthetics 72
Death of the Castro 75
Slammed 79
What I Did Last Summer 90
Don't Ask Isadora, Ask Me! 106
After Yoko 111
Attack of the White Buddhists 113
Downloads 119
Pardon Me, But Are You Mr. Asian? 127
Smile 141
Return to the Mall 163
A Mangy Afterword 174
Notes 177
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