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By Isaac Simpson

A go among Confessions of an monetary Hitman and worry and Loathing in Las Vegas, Philosophy and Fucking in Vietnam is a sex-and-drugs soaked exploration of masculinity, socialism, and the which means of freedom in modern lifestyles. within the burgeoning economic climate of contemporary day Saigon, expat males from the U.S. and different Western nations reside just like the wealthy and well-known of their domestic nations. the writer, a tender American lawyer-in-training, falls face first into this hedonistic international, and manages to accomplish the lifestyles he is continually dreamed enthusiastic about the cost of a airplane price tag. Or so he thinks... equivalent elements gritty commute memoir and coming-of-age parable, Philosophy and Fucking in Vietnam is an unapologetic picture of a special and under-explored position and time.

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Why else would I have smoked weed out of his disgusting contraption? We were friends for sure. We stopped at a shoe store on a nondescript corner, boxed in a row of stores selling leather goods. Knock-off purses hung on racks on the sidewalk. Inside, Tsan said hello to another friend, a salesman. He led me to a back room with rows of shoes stacked to the ceiling. Both Tsan and the salesman assured me, over and over, that the products sold here were of the highest quality. They were very convincing.

A doctor in the family suggested that if it didn’t stop, I should go back to the emergency room and ask for a brain scan. That night, I laid in bed, mind racing, fear ramping up to the point where I felt totally out of control, enveloped in a mental anguish I couldn’t begin to fight back against. Again I threw my covers aside, put on my clothes and glasses and drove myself to the ER. This time I told them not just that I could not sleep, but that I had rashes and that I couldn’t see and that I thought something was wrong with my brain.

She only nodded, so Tsan answered for her. “Yes, Chinese. ” She continued nodding vigorously and smiled so wide that her eyes disappeared completely. Tsan excused himself to go outside and smoke a cigarette. The woman measured me using a paper tape measure. I tried to make small talk, but the language barrier again made it impossible. After measuring, she told me to choose a fabric for the suit. The colors and textures were endless. I pinched the color rolls in succession and decided on gunmetal gray, the softest I could find that didn’t feel like fake silk.

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