1. The long stretch of 2016-2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of U.S. v. Narciso and Perez. I’m currently building a tour of readings, performances, lectures, & exhibitions of my body work on the case/history. If you are a programmer/event planner, or you know folks at universities, theaters, &/or museums, please inquire, please holla.
2. What happens when you disarticulate the novel from the book? See above, I think.
3. I want to record and maybe even make some film/video experiments with Phenomenology of Superhero. I want to.
4. I’m revising the manuscript for my first book, This is for the mostless., which will be out Fall 2017 through WordTech Editions. The talentedly talented Amy Abito is on the design.
5. Website clean-up is in order.
While I should be writing my dissertation, which, I’m learning & realizing, just as I’ve read all over the place & have been told countless times by peers & mentors, is mostly a psychological struggle, I am instead feeling terribly nostalgic & melancholic. I would like to write an essay about this at some point but if I did that now, I’d feel guilty for not working on the dissertation. So, some quick notes:
7″ x 7″ single signature chapbook w/ hand-sewn binding
Publisher: Red Bird Chapbooks
Date: March 2016
An eclectic and energizing collection of poems, essays, and experimental fiction, Jason Magabo Perez’s Phenomenology of Superhero explores the Filipino American experience with a voracious intelligence and an indelible voice. Fiercely interdisciplinary, Perez’s work explores the relationship between power and otherness in American life, focusing here especially on the relationship between discipline and art, ultimately coming to an “anti-disciplinary” vision of creativity. Touching on such diverse enthusiasms as Michel Foucault, Wolverine of the X-Men, Jorge Luis Borges, Eazy-E, Sara Ahmed, and Buzz Lightyear, this brave chapbook offers every reader something to relate to and something to be challenged by.
Jason Magabo Perez’s writing invites us to inhabit two time zones—the child’s world of immediacy, where everything is now and here, and the grown-up’s world of discipline, progress and punishment—and it powerfully reminds us of how much is at stake when we abandon the former for the latter.
– SARITA SEE, author of The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance and Executive Director of the Center for Art and Thought
“We think, we body. We have come.” Jason Magabo Perez’s Phenomenology of Superhero critiques the kindergarten coloring book of white hetero-normative heroisms. The iconic shapes of Buzz Lightyear, G.I. Joe and the Marvel universe are familiar skins, and Perez shades across their outlines, revealing the traces of discipline underneath language, colonization and power. This book witnesses Perez “lay the crayon on its ribs” and draw the spilt insides of the Filipina/o body in its own im/possible dance.
– JAI ARUN RAVINE, author of แล้ว and then entwine