Ed Weinberg is a writer with passing interest in psychedelic realism, indie comics, jaunty coming-of-age tales and those crazy Russian writers. After graduating from McGill University in 2004, he's worked in magazine editing, freelance writing and odd jobs. He is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City and working on a longer thing about two months spent looking for the largest, oldest (fake) pyramid in the world in small-town Bosnia. Follow his whimsicalities at @presidentninja
“Aeon’s trying to put a Japanese spin — it’s Vietnam, trying to do Japan well. They didn’t let us use the public toilets for a while, we had to go down two stairs to use the toilets. We asked them why, they said, ‘It’s Japanese culture.’”
There’s a store on the second floor of Ho Chi Minh City’s Vincom Center B, whose evenly-spaced window display brackets break the recessed lighting in such a way that it spills into the hall like the autumn sun through a forest. It’s a ballet of clean lines. The two fingers that inspired selfie-takers throw up only add to the effect.
Though they often don’t last a week, Saigon Outcast’s artistic experiments are having a permanent effect. Words by Ed Weinberg. Photos provided by Linh Nguyen and the artists
From the people who brought you countless international DJs and clever documentary films comes... a 48-hour science video game programming jam??
From a 40-DJ festival in a national park to a week of top-flight indie acts, to Vietnam’s first comic con, festival chronicler Ed Weinberg has seen the future of the festival in Vietnam, and it is good. Photos by Francis Xavier and Ed Weinberg