Elegy for the Future Myrtle Avenue
“The year is the measure of a gentrifying neighborhood.”
What gives the street its color in January, what makes it suddenly different, is the appearance of kimono.
Is it a two-for-one? Well, I don’t need two.
Would you be interested in adding M&Ms or Snickers to your purchase today?Be well
He smell like my Haitian uncle
Sans SoleilGinzaShimbashi Mitsukoshi
Every Building on the Sunset Strip
No one ever gives me attitude at Starbucks,
Can’t complain, can’t complain. Got a little slow there in the winter, but we’re coming back up!
Everything Must Go
Soon they will be doing plenty of Rambo-Vegas style projects that will span Sunset Boulevard with skywalk bridges and mirror escalator malls that will be cruel to the eyesI wish time would stand still.
Lisa Chen was born in Taiwan and lives and writes in Brooklyn. She is author of Mouth (Kaya Press), and was recently an Emerging Writing Fellow at the Center for Fiction. She is writing a nonfiction work inspired by the artist Tehching Hsieh and a novel about MSG mines in upstate New York.
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