Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes, + Pranks

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Macmillan, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 178 pages
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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Chin is a Singapore-born, California-based, hip, shaved, tattooed, foul-mouthed gay male. His series of 21 essays is autobiographical, but not in the usual sense. He does tell of his first frightening ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Justin Chin was born in Malaysia in 1969. He attended the University of Hawaii. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s and became part of the spoken-word scene. His poetry collections included Bite Hard, Harmless Medicine, and Gutted, which won the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award for Poetry. He also wrote several essay collections including Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms, Burden of Ashes, and Mongrel: Essays, Diatribes, and Pranks and the story collection 98 Wounds. He died after suffering a stroke on December 24, 2015 at the age of 46.

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