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Luis H. Francia

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  • 10 years ago

    The younger poet beds blondes and bets on horses. The older one loves baseball and Manhattan. Sons of immigrants and refugees from failed marriages, Milton Klonsky and Delmore Schwartz banter, reminisce, trade insults, mourn, and fantasize in Romu...

  • 11 years ago

    Racism is as essential to Anglo America as a hair shirt to a would-be penitent: an ugly goad to proscribing the alien other while simultaneously prescribing equal rights and assimilation. Who isn't familiar with the noxious vocabulary that ceasele...

  • 11 years ago

    Think of the event as "Michael and Me." The man the neocons and chicken hawks would love to see in Guantánamo (Rummy's country club for alleged terrorists), the ubiquitous, unlikely, in-your-face poster child for populist politics, Michael ...

  • 11 years ago

    In the earlier parts of his Asian Boys trilogy, Nicky Paraiso explored with a ruminative yet passionate voice his growing up queer and Filipino, with a strong-willed mother, in a Queens landscape of loss and ambivalent belonging. In House/Boy, the...

  • 11 years ago

    These days of half-cooked Rice cry out for fortifying one's existence, and staving off, like a sturdy mujahideen, the slings and faux missiles of mass destruction. A tidy refuge, Mandoo Bar offers Seoul food, solitude, and soju (Korean vodka)—...

  • 12 years ago

    Bleakly funny, autobiographical, and melancholic, Anchorpectoris (The United States of the Mind)—written and directed by Gerald Thomas—takes a chilling look at how deeply alienated society has become, with television standing in for real...

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