Mongrel

Essays, Diatribes, + Pranks

Justin Chin

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 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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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

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"Justin Chin joyously picks at the scab of these times to peek at what our flesh freally 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 and Skin

"Justin Chin is so terrific in live performance that I was araid his prose couldn't live up to my expectations. I was wrong. Mongrel is a 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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About the Author

Justin Chin

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
Essays, Diatribes, + Pranks
Justin Chin

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429925297
ISBN10: 1429925299
192 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312195137
ISBN10: 0312195133
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$11.95
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