Hawaiian cowboys

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Black Sparrow Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 169 pages
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In this "intriguing collection of 13 short stories" (Library Journal) Chinese-American poet and author John Yau tackles the problems of being an outcast from society and of the essential difficulty of establishing communion with another human being ? large problems, to say the least.Yau, who again deftly captures both the city that he famously haunts (New York City) as well as a variety of other settings, tells these ambitious stor- ies through thirteen different first-person narrators, including in his worlds cockroaches, students, prostitutes, and Norman Rockwell. Yau's ability as a writer is abundantly evident throughout; as Publishers Weekly noted, "[There is] a certain deadpan sensibility whether he's being plain ('A hundred and forty dollars, seven crisp twenties') or perverse ('I guess it's one thing to sleep with a dog, and another thing to sleep with a guy dressed up like a dog') . . . . Throughout, there is a self-consciousness about the difficulty and boundlessness of fiction, as well as an implied glorification of those living off the proverbial beaten path."

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Art critic and creative writing instructor Yau (In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol, LJ 9/1/93) has written an intriguing collection of 13 short stories, most seen here for the first ... Read full review


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Critically acclaimed poet and critic John Yau is the author of numerous publications in the fine arts, including The United States of Jasper Johns (1997), Ed Moses: A Retrospective (1996), Morris Graves: Flower Paintings (1994), and In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993). Yau works and resides in New York City.

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