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Alvin Estrada, a call center agent for telecom giant UTelCo, feels he is invoking Philippine colonial history whenever he spars with ex-boyfriend Scott, an American scholar based in Manila. On a trip to Pagudpud, Scott's bag is stolen, and in the search Alvin discovers something in common between his relationship with Scott and the nightly torture that he calls his job. ...more
Paperback, 87 pages
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back to manila after almost losing wallets and not finding, yet solidifying selves in pagudpud, alvin and scott are back in cubao. they saw, "limp in a piece of wood...a boy of maybe nine or ten years, a tangle of flesh and bones in an oversized shirt." Scott said something "about a classic Russian film, a scene that unfolded on a famous flight of stairs, the only time he saw something quite like it in real life" Was the Russian film Battleship Potemkin? Someone said, "Girls, sir?" and it was cu ...more
A painfully honest depiction of Philippines today. It made me laugh, think, stare sadly at the ceiling. Kilometer Zero is more than just a sad love story of a Filipino and an American; it's an unabashed commentary on Filipinos' natural friendliness towards foreigners. The phrase "for-foreigners-only smile" is forever imprinted on my mind, thanks to Diaz and his sharp and witty prose. Both local and international pop references are present in the writing, as expected. An effective mash. The entir ...more
Glenn Diaz’s first book The Quiet Ones (Ateneo Press) won the 2017 Palanca Grand Prize and the National Book Award. His work, including short fiction, poetry, and criticism, has been published in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He is a recipient of the M Literary Residency at Sangam House in Bangalore, India, among other fellowships. Born and raised in Manil ...more