Listen to an excerpt from The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito.
- Read it for feelings. All of them. This is an intimate historiography/ethnography of feelings.
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is 36. There’s something about reading fiction that doesn’t speak back to a past you like Drake songs speak back to your late teens; rather, this is the kind of fiction that speaks to a now you, and an always Murakami it seems.
- Pedagogy: Murakami is a master gangster at weaving multiple compelling storylines within a simple story frame/premise. Although this particular novel doesn’t include some of the more fantastical (“magical realist”) elements of say, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, this one still toggles between the past and present and possible so effortlessly, and yes, magically.
- When the novel first released, most reviewers were real quick to call out some of Murakami’s and/or his translator’s weaker, less imaginative sentences and passages. I see it. I get it. But, I dig the play here: there’s something “high art” in every Murakami work, and something so undeniably inviting to mass/popular culture. I know: I shouldn’t make that distinction: high brow, low brow. But, by “high art,” I’m thinking about this in terms of race and class. Who reads translated Murakami works in the U.S.? Anyhow, I dig. I dig. A lot.
- I’d love to talk to someone about this book. Or to meet Tsukuru Tazaki.
PoetrIE is proud to present: Jason Magabo Perez.
Also reading: Elder Zamora and Stefan Karlsson.
WHEN: Saturday January 14, 2017
WHERE: The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts, 526 W. 11th St. San Bernardino, CA 92410
TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
FEE: This event is free but we accept donations. In fact, we strongly encourage them, so that the lights can stay on in the Garcia Center, and so that these readings can continue to be free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Writers will have their books for sale at the event-cash is preferred.
This event is made possible with the generosity of The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts and with the support of Poets & Writers, Inc.