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Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book by Maxine…

Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book (1989)

by Maxine Hong Kingston

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I love this weird book, which is tedious in parts, unlikable sometimes and ambitious. I love that it devolves into this meta-spectacle, a celebration of DIY stagecraft and political happenings. It seems very much to me a celebration of something we have lost, this ability to create reality in real time, IRL with others, in a Temporary Autonomous Zone-- to make your own fun, without having to plug it in. Greasepaint, cardboard landscapes...

Also, the politics here, the meditation on the hybrid identity of the sons and daughters of immigrants, it is so different in the UK, which kind of stunted as far as these arguments are concerned. It makes me homesick for the vibrant identity politics of the US.

  allyshaw | Apr 4, 2013 |
story didn't hold my interest. This surprised me. ( )
  Dale_Riechers | Sep 28, 2012 |
far too Beat for me
  raycun | Jun 26, 2011 |
Kingston, Maxine Hung. Tripmaster Monkey.
  BrianDewey | Jul 30, 2007 |
Wittman Ah Sing, a fifth generation Californian, feels comfortable neither in American culture nor Chinese culture, takes comfort in hippie culture. An interesting look at race relations and stereotypes in America. ( )
  Elishibai | Apr 30, 2007 |
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Driven by his dream to write and stage an epic stage production of interwoven Chinese novelsWittman Ah Sing, a Chinese-American hippie in the late '60s.

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