BENEDICT NGUYEN WINS IN OUR SUBSCRIBER DRIVE! diaCRITICS wanted to add 100 new subscribers, and we’ve finally reached our goal! The 5th, 40th, 75th, and 100th subscribers (and those who referred them) get their pick of prizes.  Benedict Nguyen is our 100th subscriber. He wins a signed first edition of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer.

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 A little more information about Benedict Nguyen comes below.  

Benedict Nguyen


Where are you from?

I’m from a suburb of Washington DC.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m a freelance dance artist and writer living in NYC.

Do you have a favorite Vietnamese or Vietnamese Diasporic work of art? If so, tell us about it.

I recently read Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt. I was deeply moved by the way she explored loss, family, and diaspora through Binh’s beautifully humorous, melancholic and nonlinear narrative. One of my favorite quotes:

“Slip your own meanings into their words, [Bao] said, a bit of advice that has saved me. Language is a house with a host of doors, and I am too often uninvited and without the keys. But when I infiltrate their words, take a stab at their meanings, I create the trapdoors that will allow me in when the night outside is too cold and dark.”

Thanks, Benedict!

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