Shoplifting from American Apparel Notes Gmail Chat The conversation is reported with the usual novelistic markers of dialogue, and yet Luis and Sam are not in the same room; they are not even talking but conversing on "Gmail chat". A common literary approach is to transcribe such exchanges in a sans-serif font; in writing them instead as traditional conversations, Lin is arguing that, for his characters, this constitutes talking to someone just as much as standing in front of them and speaking aloud. By Steven Poole (Poole, The Guardian) "Shoplifting" focuses on the seductive power of words and the inanity in even the simplest of human interactions. Throughout, characters ask questions without question marks. At one point, the protagonist, Sam (a wry, Brooklyn-based, Gchatting, existentially vague vegan writer with a striking similarity to Lin) chats online about relationships:"Has Marissa ever threatened to kill you," said Sam."Oscar Wilde said that a genius is a spectator to their own life, to the point that the real genius is uninteresting," said Luis. "No, Marissa has never threatened to kill me." Racism & Poverty Prison Cell Wealthy Caucasian, Hispanic, Tall Asian and Sam *Lower-class: Sam-> Shoplifting from American Apparel Asian-> Toothpaste and shampoo which weren’t paid for. Was walking out of Kmart and stopped by security. Caucasian says “All right, I am the king of this cell. Everyone sit down. All right, I am the king of this cell.” “You don’t want to fuck with a man who is smarter than Einstein,” screamed the drunk. (Lin, p. 21) The drunk Caucasian says “You motherfuckers. I hope you motherfuckers are really enjoying your jobs. Fingerprinting people like me while fucking national
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