Bennington in Saigon

From the outside, the club on Bui Vien street looked exactly like the ones he’d known from his hometown. Crowded silhouettes of twentysomethings raising the roof, the hum of 90s dance bass seeping from under the double doors flanked by fake palm trees. But as soon as he stepped inside, wading through the crowd, he […]

Baudrillard, descending

As the plane starts its descent, the movie I’m watching is called Life, a sci-fi horror with Jake Gyllenhaal in which a Martian plant monster is killing its human captors on the ISS. My neighbor is watching something arguably more thrilling: the bird’s eye camera on the airplane. As the plane shakes and churns, the two screens fit […]