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Waylaid Redux Readings, Only at Giant Robot

Posted by on Mar 14, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

To borrow a title from a Wire bootleg, “A Terrifying Trip to the Past!”

In April I will be reading from Waylaid, my first novel, which was published eight years ago. This will be the first time that I have read from this book on the West Coast and also the first time in many years since I have read extensively from it.

When this book first came out, I was attacked by many publications that decried my “miserable” (San Francisco Chronicle) young narrator who wallowed in sexual fantasy while toiling at his parents’ motel in Jersey. A lit blog that has since shut down called it “garbage.”  I had readings on the East Coast where people would regularly walk out.  A jerk at Cornell essentially called me a homophobe, as if the depiction of homophobia was homophobic.

But the book also found strong support.  I was chuffed to see a nice review in Playboy, and Booklist just loved it to death, as I did and still do.

Now that time has gone by, it’s amazing to me how many Asian American lit classes have included the book or excerpts from it.  In fact, Jessica Hagedorn saw fit to include the first two chapters in the groundbreaking “Charlie Chan Is Dead 2” anthology.  I think someone made a movie out of it, too.  And even my old pal, the San Francisco Chronicle, remarked years later that Waylaid was “well-received” while giving a slightly more positive review for This Is a Bust.

Waylaid has earned its spot as an undeniable landmark in American literature.

Anyway, this is going down only at Giant Robot locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Monday, April 26, 7 pm, GR2, 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 445-9276

Thursday, April 29, 7 pm, Giant Robot SF, 618 Shrader Street, San Francisco, (415) 876-4773

Speaking of Giant Robot, if you haven’t heard, the magazine has been walloped by a perfect storm of the economic downturn along with higher postage costs.

I first read Giant Robot when I found a copy at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in 1994.  I was knocked out by the visuals and also the quality of the writing, which didn’t do the typical pussyfooting the other Asian American magazines did.  I love everything they do.

I’m sure many of you have similar feelings for Giant Robot.  Please help now.

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