Tucson Success Stories: Evan Salzbrenner

I went to middle school with Evan Salzbrenner but he says he doesn’t remember that. He studied Creative Writing at the U of A, and currently lives in Thailand.

Natasha Stagg: What are you up to lately?

Evan Salzbrenner: Teaching English to uninterested middle schoolers in Trat, Thailand.

NS: Is Trat really small?

ES:  Yeah, pretty small, but not too small. It’s about the right size to get intimate with most parts of the town. I bought a pink mo-ped that’s pretty ghey-looking but it’s a lot of fun riding it all over.

NS: Do you know the language and have an easy time making friends?

ES: No. It’s insanely difficult. Even if you say the word right, there’s all kinds of different intonations that have to be accounted for. So making friends isn’t that easy, especially in my town where there isn’t really any English spoken by the locals. But I have met some cool people and I try to travel around often.

NS: Do you miss Tucson?

ES: Always. Never. Sometimes.

NS: What are you reading?

ES: Whatever I can get my hands on in the second hand shops scattered across the country. Just finished Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem.

NS: Suggest something to do in Tucson.

ES: Drink with your friends on a summer night.

NS: Suggest something to read.

ES: Kenzaburo Oe.