Danger and Beauty

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City Lights Publishers, Mar 1, 2002 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Hagedorn muses about love and sex, and probes with wry humor and sharp social satire the heart-and hearbreaks-of the immigrant experience. Here in one volume are this exciting writer's first two books, Dangerous Music and Pet Food & Tropical Apparitions, along with a generous selection of her work that reveals a powerful and writty continuation of her journey as a singer and searcher, woman and questioner.

"Jessica Hagedorn is one of the best of a new generation of writers who are making American language new and who in the process are creating a new American Literature." --Russell Banks

"[Hagedorn] sees her native land from both near and far, with ambivalent love, the only kind of love worth writing about." --John Updike

"Ms. Hagedorn is deliciously wicked . . . " --Caryn James, New York Times

Jessica Hagedorn is a performance artist, poet, playwright, and formerly a commentator on NPR. Her novel, Dogeaters, won an American Book Award. Other books include the groundbreaking Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and The Gangster of Love.

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Filipino American writer and performance artist Hagedorn, who was nominated for the National Book Award for her first novel, Dogeaters ( LJ 4/1/90), here offers early poems (1968-72); poetry and a ... Read full review

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Jessica Hagedorn was born and raised in the Phillipines and moved to the United States in her teens. She studied theater arts in San Francisco, performing with fellow poets Ntozake Shange and Thulani Davis, and other poets, dancers, and musicians in the Bay Area. In 1978 she moved to New York , where she currently lives. She is a well-known performance artist, poet, and playwright, and a former commentator on NPR. Her first novel, Dogeaters, was a finalist for the National Book Award, won an American Book Award, and was voted best book of the year in 1990 by the Before Columbus Foundation. It has been translated into several languages and was adapted by Hagedorn as a play, which recently premiered at the Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Her other books include the groundbreaking Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and a second novel, The Gangster of Love

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