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Responding to my recent articles about race, “Marx Karl” comments at Intrepid Report:

What is Asian racism? In Africa Indians brought by the British to Africa to fulfill middle management posts or run small enterprises treated the whites as superiors and the Africans as inferiors. So in Europe and the US some Asians play Uncle Tom and identify with whites against blacks other Asians who have been on the receiving end of white racism side with blacks […]

I reply:

Marx Karl,

You display remarkable racism and a very poor understanding of human nature by thinking Asians need whites to condition them on how to think about other races.

You obviously have no familiarity with any Asian society.

By thinking that whites are the catalyst to everything, you are in fact a white supremacist.

Believing racism to be strictly a white disease, many progressives conclude that all “people of color” must be in solidarity against whites. In their cartoonish world view, racist and predator whites are pitted against victimized and prejudice-free blacks, browns and yellows.

It has never occurred to these progressives that any man, of any color, has a complex and evolving range of opinions about all races and ethnicities. By sight alone, he will react differently to different types. No one is color blind. Even a slight shift in accent will transform the listener.

Few things are as pathetic, comic and infuriating as a progressive striving to show “a person of color” that he’s not racist while referencing, nearly nonstop, to that person’s race.

Racial assumptions are often complicated, challenged or refuted through direct encounters, however, and that’s why I’m an alcoholic. (Just kidding.) Going to my local bar, I’m presented with individuals, not types, for as soon as I talk to a man, he’s no longer just some Italian, Irish, black or Chinese guy, and J.J., whom you’re about to meet, is certainly no stereotypical Puerto Rican. He’s just J.J.

All these pizzerias are going out of business. It’s the yuppies. They don’t want regular hoagies and pizzas. It has to be whole wheat this, gluten-free that. Regular pizzas just ain’t good enough for them.

I’m a Chinese food eater. I worked in Chinatown, New York, from 70 to 73. I grew up right there, Canal Street. I’ve eaten stuff no American people would eat. “Oooh, what is that? It moves!” What the fuck, just eat it! You know, jelly fish and stuff like that, and it’s fuckin’ good. I’ve eaten seaweed. I was eating kale before kale was popular. Now, everybody wants to eat kale. You know these people have eaten this stuff for thousands of years, and you’re just discovering it?

My first job, I worked for these two Irish brothers on Canal Street. They sold fruits and vegetables. I was playing hooky from school, so they asked me, “You want to work?” I said sure, so they gave me a fly swatter. I was like, “What? Am I supposed to swat flies?!”

You know how people always grab and squeeze fruits so they would get bruised? My job was to swat people’s hands.

On top of my pay, the brothers also gave me food stamps. They would give me, like, thirty or forty bucks of food stamps at a time. The fruit business was just a front. They made real money selling heroin.

One of their partners was this old, Chinese mobster. This guy would only take gold for payments, slips of gold, and he would take diamonds from the Jews. You know those Jews with side locks? It’s a hundred degree out and they have those long coats on. Yeah, these Jews would bring diamonds to the Chinese guy in exchange for heroin.

The Chinese guy said to me, “I’m going to ride the black horse as far as I can, to the very edge, but before I get there, I want to have a well of gold.” That’s what he said, “a well of gold”!

Later, I had a job at a pizzeria in North Carolina. It was by the freeway. The place was busy as shit. This Sicilian guy, Joe, was taking in 40, 50 thousand dollars a week.

One day, this kid showed up, and he was like, “You like to smoke pot?” “Yeah, yeah!” This kid was, like, a crazy redneck kid. I said, “Wow, this is good stuff. How much do you want? How much for an ounce?”

“Ooooh… ten dollars?”

Ten dollars?! I’m thinking, In New York, we’d be paying 75, 80 dollars an ounce, and he’s saying, “Ten dollars”!

His father was the sheriff. He wasn’t the one growing it.

I asked the kid, “What about a big garbage bag?” He said, “Sixty bucks?” I called New York right away, “Yo, come down here and bring the car. We got baaaags! Marijuana, all you can get!”

There’s a secret in this country they don’t tell you about. Have you heard of R.J. Reynolds? They and the other tobacco companies were the ones growing this shit, and the sheriffs in those states were protecting them.

You know that the sheriff in every state has more power than the FBI? The sheriff can go everywhere. The FBI can’t.

You hear all that shit about the KKK and sheriffs… they’re all together, they’re the same people. All that redneck, KKK, sheriff, state police, they’re all together, they’re all related. Cousin Joe, cousin Bob, ba ba bee ba boom!


I know a good six or seven L&I and LCB, licenses and inspections, and liquor control guys. I went to eat with an L&I guy, and he pulled out a thick roll like this. Hundreds and twenties. I asked him, “Why do you have to show me that, man?” But you know how it is, they become your friends, they have to impress you.

When they take you out to eat, they take you to places where nobody else eats.

Right here, I know lots of Vietnamese guys who pay. It’s like, Hi! Hi! They’re hugging and kissing like they’re family. You can have some food on the house, and this is for you to take home. The inspector goes home. There’s some noodles, and something extra at the bottom. Oh yeah, here’s a couple hundred dollars! He gets number five to go, and there’s a little extra!

Happy birthday! Here’s a birthday card, and in the envelope, there’s a couple of hundred bucks. This is for your daughter’s birthday. How’s the family? And they’ll look at you like, ha ha, but they’ll take it.

If you don’t pay, they can come in and, you know, there’s something wrong over here, and something wrong over here. They can close you. You can get fucked up.

In New York, it’s like that. Here, it’s like that. Jersey is like that. I’ve been in places in the middle of nowhere, it’s like that, so don’t let anybody tell you…

Here, you have to pay Brady a hundred grand to become a judge. The Democrats have run this city for, what, fifty-one years now? The Republicans control the liquor board. It hasn’t been audited in 45 years.

What’s a fundraiser? What’s a charity event? It’s just a loophole, another way to pay. Pay to play, that’s what it is.

Listen, in every culture, in India, Asia, everywhere south of the border, in Jamaica, Haiti, it’s like that. It’s everywhere. Here, too.

Then there’s the civic forfeiture law. That’s when they take your house because somebody sold drugs in it. You know they’ve never been audited? Nobody knows where the money goes, if it’s the cops, the state or whoever.

Trump is a gangster. People have no idea. First, to build anything with concrete, construction, you have to pay off and be involved with those people. You have to sit down with them. That’s Mafia. You’re in the casino business, goddamn, you’ve got to deal with those people. When he was in the casino business in Atlantic City, he was involved with two of the biggest Asian mobsters in the world, then he broke away from them, because they were getting him hot. “Listen, we can’t be partners no more.” He sold a hundred million dollars’ worth of properties to this Russian guy. Dmitry R… I can’t pronounce his last name. It turned out this guy’s one of the biggest mobsters in Russia. So, Trump goes on TV and says, “I can work with Putin.” Yeah, because he knows all of them! “I can work with China on trades.” Yeah, because he knows all of them!

Hillary gets caught, but they don’t indict her. She’s paid everybody off. She’s got all the judges. If you and me do that, we’ll go to jail. That’s why people hate her.

They have computers and models, they know the people in this country are not happy. They know they’re going to have a revolution, what with the cops killing black kids, and even white kids.

Hey, man, you’ve got to stop this. We have you on video. You’re a murderer!

Now cops got shot, so the cops are thinking, we better cool out! They’ll have to. From 65 to 68, this country burned. You know, they killed Martin Luther King, Kennedy… but then they forgot! That all I need is lighter fluid and a match. Fire is a motherfucker. Make a lot of smoke, you can’t see. You can have robots and drones, but you can’t see through smoke.

If I’m a friggin black leader, a radical, I can use the computer to text billions of people. I can say tomorrow, Wednesday— that’s the landing on the moon, right?—I can say, tomorrow, in celebration of the moon landing, you can find an abandoned building or car, and burn it! Just go to Home Depot, nonchalant, black kids, just go buy some lighter fluid. At five O’clock, everybody gonna light it up! Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Firemen can’t see. You put a car in the middle of the road, like we did in 72, with the Young Lords. Abandoned car, right in the middle of the road. Bottles coming down from the roof. Cops won’t come near because nobody wants to get hit with a missile.

Back in the day, when we were gangsters, fighting, when we knew the other gang was coming, we’d fill these bottles with water or with sand.

We’d have a garbage can. We would drag it up six floors, full of bricks, bottles, everything. They’re missiles. If you hit somebody with one of those, from six floors up, you’re killing him. Fill a bottle with a bit of gasoline, make a little wick, it’s a cop killer. Boom, boom, boom, boom. From 65 to 68, man, this country was in a revolution.

Johnson was like, We have to pacify everybody, so he started welfare, food stamps, free lunch. All the radical blacks and Puerto Ricans, they went into city hall, they came out with a job.

All these friggin guys. Geraldo Rivera was a Young Lord, Puerto Rican Jew radical. Pablo Guzmán, the newsman from New York, another one. Eddie Acosta. All them guys went in, then came out with jobs. Same thing with the black guys. They went in, they came out with jobs.

They pacified them. They drugged them.

Timothy Leary was a CIA guy. They told him, “We need you to go in there and start the counter-culture bullshit.” LSD, tune in, drop acid, drop out. He did what they told him, and they gave him millions of dollars.

They got people high on marijuana and hashish, and sex, free sex. They said, “Hey, go suck dicks, girls! Go show your tits! Peace! Love!”

Girls want to be naked.

If you told them that, tomorrow, they could walk around naked, the whole country, they would do it. All the women out here, fat, ugly, whatever, they will all be naked.

Guys would be like, well, I don’t know, they would be a little more intimidated. They don’t want to see another guy’s trunk. They don’t want to see some ugly guy, but all the women would walk around naked.

All women, all over the world, they love slavery. They love the system.


After the First World War, when Germany wasn’t shit, and their money was worthless, the women would fuck anybody who had money, because they had to eat. I get that. When Hitler came into power, they went with him. They didn’t care if he was killing gays, Jews, whoever. They were like, “Heil, Hitler!”

When the Americans won, they went with the Americans!

That’s women. In the whole world, it’s always been like that.

That’s very rare… great women. If you look at history, patterns, women will follow whoever is in charge, because they love to be in that system of slavery.

They want the government to take care of them because they’ve been told since they’re little, “You need a strong man to take care of you.” By their grandmother and their great grandmother. “Oh, you must marry a guy with money.” They’ve been programmed.

Now, it’s very rare a woman who wants to be independent, and the feminist movement, the neo-feminist movement, they tried it, but guess what? They were like, “Yeah! Yeah! We don’t want to wear bras,” but when they got it, they didn’t know what to do next. There was nowhere to go.

All these movements, they run out of steam after a while. Yeah, yeah, we want to get married! I don’t care if you marry a dog. If you love the dog, you marry the dog, fuck the dog, that’s on you, I don’t care.

I don’t care if two gay guys are fucking and sucking, or two girls are sucking. I’m not going to pay to watch it, but there are people who will pay to watch it. I’ll pay to watch two women do it live, OK, but they better be good looking. I don’t want to see two butch dykes do it.

Once they get what they want, then what happens? They don’t know what to do next. You got gay rights! Who cares? You got married!

In Orlando, my friend trains people shooting, so he opens up a school called Pink Pistol. They’re all gay, guys, girls, whatever, transgenders, but they’re learning. They’re filing to get the paperwork, so they can carry and have a concealed permit. He started it before the shooting, but it’s getting bigger. It’s going franchise.

All of a sudden, all these gay people are for Trump because he’s the only one who will speak up for them. Hillary won’t. So it’s fuckin… you see how crazy shit gets?

The Cubans in Miami are mad. They have citizenship, they’re in construction, and here come a bunch of Mexicans to undercut them. The Cubans also remember Elian Gonzalez. They’re going to make Hillary pay for that.

Louis Farrakhan is for Trump. He was interviewed by that crazy guy down in Texas, what’s his name, Alex Jones, yeah… Farrakhan is for Trump.

I can’t vote, I’m a criminal, but I’d go with a winner. They’re going to put Trump in. He’s saying all kinds of bullshit. Trump can kill somebody and they’ll still put him in.

I don’t take things serious. I’m sixty now. When I look at my cousins in their forties and fifties, and they all have white hair, it’s because they worry. I don’t have white hair. I don’t care.

Did you see Trump at the convention last night? He came out with all the smoke. It was like professional wrestling!

Trump is the white horse. They’re trying to play him like they did in the Bible. You know the Bible… there’s a white horse coming that will fix everything. Trump’s the sheriff. The sheriff always comes on a white horse.



Linh Dinh is the author of two books of stories, five of poems, and a novel, Love Like Hate. He’s tracking our deteriorating socialscape through his frequently updated photo blog, Postcards from the End of America.

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  1. very good. I agree with JJ, Ah…. the Bar wisdom! in vino veritas…Woman are worse dayly..The world is now female…and the whole for him, men are outdated, and half are homo… no wars for men no hard physical work.. no family more,no jobs for young to leave parents house, no womans loving a man, if not his money, and of course no young man has money (zuckerberg apart)…Enjoy! In Spain a great , incredible great number of woman are whores. No jobs, no money : bitchs.woman dont think much about. Men will be inaffordable for this old “job”

  2. Outwest says:

    Trump is a lot of unknowns –but maybe he’s the RESET BUTTON.

  3. Johann says:

    Linh,you certainly know how America works and how Philadelphia is the epitome of this corruption. You pegged democrat political boss Tom Brady ; a little moronic Irishman built like a fireplug with a single digit IQ but who has unbelievable power and money for a high school drop out. I grew up in Philly but left it over forty years ago but it is the same Irish mafia and black hustlers in control. I laughed last year when the national news reported Brady stealing the Pope’s glass of water and then blessing his family and fellow Irish drunks with this backwash. He was so proud of his deed and no doubt he will steal Hilary’s water and parade around with it. How you describe the system is right on, even back when I lived there nothing was done without kickbacks to the police, building inspectors, unions, democrat wardheelers, the NAACP, local media etc. we are doomed.

  4. Very entertaining. And I suspect the man is right about Nurse Ratched. She and the Husband of Record have payed off everybody they can get their hands on. Including The First Negro, who will be angling for a SCOTUS job soon, making him the second president (after 300 pound William Howard Taft) to be so elevated. And with lifetime tenure too.

  5. I hope Mr. Dinh will ditch the bar this week in favor of hanging out with Bernie supporters or even using an old press pass to crash the orgy of corruption.

  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Louis Farrakhan is for Trump. He was interviewed by that crazy guy down in Texas, what’s his name, Alex Jones, yeah… Farrakhan is for Trump.

    IMO, Alex Jones is getting saner by the day.

  7. unit472 says:

    Informed guy but his view is becoming obsolete. In order for there to be graft and corruption there has to be profit and profits are fast disappearing from our economy.

    Use to be a neighborhood restaurant or tavern could make money but these days its all been corporatized and franchised. Hard for a local health inspector or ABC guy to put the grip on a big corporation or a guy with twenty Burger King franchises and a TBTF bank doing the financing. Their connections are at the national level.

  8. Linh, this is your best interview yet. As a 67 year old draft resister (had to refuse to go into the Vietnam War twice; never charged, never convicted), but on the West Coast, I understand exactly what this guy is saying. And his take on women is exactly, precisely correct. A correction that will adhere to these realities will one day happen. We can only hope that day comes soon.

    • Agree: Jacques Sheete
  9. JackOH says:

    Linh, thanks. I don’t think I’ve read your man-in-the-street, “Postcard”-type interviews since, maybe, Studs Terkel’s writings. I usually ask myself questions after reading them.

    One question I repeatedly ask is something like: “These folks are hard-luck, and their opinions maybe not too well-informed. Okay. But how in the world can I say the president who touches off an unjustified trillion-dollar war, or the policy wonks who successfully propose an odious and disruptive domestic policy be thought of as better people?”

    I come back with something like: “A thousand or ten thousand old-timers knocking back beers and swapping stories are no threat to anyone. The political hustler, the overly aggressive cop, the management gamesman–the folks who often get good public attention–they can be real problems.”

  10. witters says:

    Actually Linh, ‘Karl Marx’ isn’t entirely off beam here. It has been noticeable for a while now.

  11. What a delightful mess of an article, Mr. Dinh. Individuals are indeed all there is, fool after sweet fool, and their rantings no more than the crashing of raindrops on the pavement.

    Pity that you felt the need to include examples of the neurosis caused by the presidential elections. It lessens the quality of the narration even if it serves to make the inanity of it all more poignant.

    • Replies: @5371
  12. One of the best yet, L.D.

    Going to my local bar, I’m presented with individuals, not types, for as soon as I talk to a man, he’s no longer just some Italian, Irish, black or Chinese guy…

    I’ve not been in a bar in over half a century, but I’ve found that to be just as true outside of them as well. It’s all about the individual.

    It has never occurred to these progressives that any man, of any color, has a complex and evolving range of opinions about all races and ethnicities. By sight alone, he will react differently to different types.

    I’ve been surprised and amused at how true that is and would add that people also have complex and evolving ranges of opinions about all classes as well. And if they perceive someone is “high class,” it’s amazing how freely they grant them passes.

  13. TJM says:

    Great article, and it points to how racism is used to manipulate Americans to work against their own self-interests.

    I remember when I was in the military and one of the female officers told me, in response to the discussion about Japanese racism towards African Americans, she said “whites taught them to be racist”. I had her tossed into the brig for hate speech….

    But seriously, she did say that, and that idea has been conditioned into the mentality of Americans. The powers that be, Zionists, elites, oligarchs, what ever you want to call them, have worked to emasculate the American middle class, to muzzle it, to disorient it so it does not know what is right or wrong.

    How many times do I read in comments about Muslims and their hate for America, yet when I see those who are attacking Trump supporters, its not Muslims, but Mexicans waving Mexican flags, yet the media totally ignores this reality. The Zionist Jew media propagates the concerns over Muslim migration, yet totally ignores the real threat from Mexicans. Noting like 50 million Mexicans living in your country, especially when they think you have done them wrong.

    We are being played, manipulated to fight against each other and against our self interests.

  14. syd.bgd says:


    I felt like reading … you know, Boris Pelevin’s novel “Generation P” (gotta read it, guys!) describing Russia in Yeltsin’s age.

    Well done, man.

  15. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Racial assumptions are often complicated, challenged or refuted through direct encounters, however, and that’s why I’m an alcoholic. (Just kidding.) Going to my local bar, I’m presented with individuals, not types, for as soon as I talk to a man, he’s no longer just some Italian, Irish, black or Chinese guy, and J.J., whom you’re about to meet, is certainly no stereotypical Puerto Rican. He’s just J.J”.

    Well said, but that is the point, everything is American is framed in a binary format, left vs right, liberal vs conservative, black vs white, women vs men…it is done this way because in a binary system, it is easy to simplify topics and use them for manipulation.

    A nuanced approach is not what our Zionist masters want, they want a dumbed down, hyper simple reactionary population…ie. George W Bush.

    Our masters don’t want us to think, just work, don’t question, don’t reason, just respond in accordance with the wishes of those in charge.
    “Russia bad, Syria bad, Iran very bad, Putin bad, Muslims bad, socialism bad, Trump bad, Obama good, Israel good, capitalism good, war good, Mexican mass immigration good, greed
    good, religion bad, guns bad”.

    And once they have those conditioned responses established they can use them to control discussion and the story.

  16. 5371 says:
    @Berta Arnason

    Well, you should appreciate inanity if anyone does. It’s like Reinhold Messner appreciating mountaineering.

    • Replies: @Berta Arnason
  17. utu says:

    The Pizza Man should get a job as a talking head on TV to explain the world how it really is.

  18. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    The modern West suffers from Cultural Cirrhosis. The Liver that should clean and/of filter the filth and lies is damaged.

  19. Jason Liu says:

    Excellent response to that first guy. If anything, the tide of East Asian nationalism far eclipses any kind of white racism in the west. You here that kinda stuff a lot, especially from blacks, who assume all racial thinking comes from some white guy.

  20. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says: • Website

    Dinh, being a Vietkin, ought to know.

    An imperialist power has to show a HUMAN FACE to justify its aggression and ambition.

    If it just seeks power and domination, it looks like bully and bad guy. Also, it is met with stiffer resistance.

    So, just like Spanish Empire spoke of spreading Christianity, British Empire spoke of White Man’s Burden, Japanese Empire spoke of saving Asians from the Western imperialists, and French Empire spoke of sharing the fruit of French culture, the American Empire must put a human face to its overseas ventures. ‘Human rights’ and ‘humanitarianism’ are often tools of empire.

    Now, we mustn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. The idea of Human Rights and the work of Humanitarianism are often worthy and good. But even good things can be invoked and appropriated by the power-hungry to expand dominance.

    In a way, the Assyrian Empire, Mongol Empire, Viking Empire, and Nazi Empire were most honest(their only saving grace).
    Assyrians just liked to kick butt. Mongols love to pillage and rape. Vikings loved to loot and rampage. Nazis made no bones about how they are gonna turn Russians into slaves or dead bodies.

    But such aggression has no moral justification. It can only rule by fear and intimidation. And it arouses much resentment and hostility among the victims and conquered. They dream of liberation and freedom and revenge.

    US empire is now ruled by Jewish globalists and their homo agents. And Jews want dominance in the Great Game of the whole Near East. Jews are for Israel but also globalist dominance. While Israel is dear to Jews, Jewish Power is truly global and spread all over the world. And to maintain this dominance, Jews feel a need to dominate the Middle East. And it does this by making allies with nations like Saudi Arabia and by trying to wreck Iranian power(which is on hold because Jews see Russia as the main threat. Not because Putin hates Jews — he doesn’t, and if anything, he likes them too much — , but because the Russian model of national sovereignty in a gentile nation is threatening to Jews). Trump too loves Jews, but his support among white Americans who want national independence from (((globalism))) deeps worries Jews.

    Anyway, there is a ‘war of power blocs’ — closer to the truth than ‘war of civilizations’ — , and Jewish-Homo-controlled US doesn’t want to create the impression in the Middle East and North Africa that US is at war with Islam.
    (If it’s a Clash of Civilizations, how come US gets along with theocratic Saudi Arabia but is at war with secular modern Arabs like Assad? Aren’t secular Arabs closer to the Western model?)
    If US gave such impression(of clash of civilizations) — as Trump seems to do —, it means it will be much more difficult for nations like Saudi Arabia to work with the US. The home of Mecca as partner of a nation that sees Islam as enemy? Saudi family will lose its reputation in the Muslim world. It will lose legitimacy. Also, if US made such a hostile claim about Islam, then Muslims will say US should get out of Middle East. And that would mean loss of US influence in the Middle East. US can only intervene in the Middle East and North Africa by yammering about ‘human rights’. Also by yammering about ‘war on terror’ even though US actions seem to favor terrorists at war with modernizing secular Arab/Muslim nations.
    US can also enter the Middle East in the role of victim. This was why 9/11 was a blessing. It made US the victim, so US could do WHATEVER IT WANTED to ‘get even’. After 9/11, US could threaten Pakistan with bombing-back-to-stone-age, drop Daisy bombs on Afghanistan, and invade and destroy Iraq.
    When that excuse got lame, Obama used Arab Spring excuse and made a mess of Libya and Syria in the name of ‘human rights’. US had to protect Arab Springers in Libya from Gadaffi, and US had to support ‘moderate rebels’ against tyrant Assad. Of course, Jewish-Homo-controlled US was just using those as excuse to bring down modern secular Arab leaders who are not whores to the US. It didn’t do Gaddafi any good to give up WMD and make a deal with the West. As long as he maintained national sovereignty and did things his way, he had to be taken out too.

    Anyway, Dinh ought to know as a Vietkin. US killed 2 million in Dinh’s nation. How could US could get away with such mass killing? By making noises about how South Vietnam are friends of the US. About how the US involvement is a humanitarian mission against communist barbarians. US has to justify its semi-imperialist war by posing as a humanitarian friend of South Vietnam. Granted, US was right about commie barbarism, but US was wrong to have divided the nation in the first place.

  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Friendly Lounge in South Philly at the corner of 8th St and Washington Ave. If i see Mr Dinh there i will buy him a drink.

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    , @anon
  22. JackOH says:

    Agree. Here’s an intellectual guy from an upmarket Vietnamese background giving voice to America’s social detritus. He stopped in my hometown for his “Postcards” series. The man deserves some attention for his work.

  23. anon • Disclaimer says:

    uh , hes not actually going to that bar and interviewing people . its called a literary device.

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