Danger and Beauty by Jessica Hagedorn

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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.

"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

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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JESSICA HAGEDORN, novelist, poet, and playwright, was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to America in her teens. Her books include the novels Dogeaters (a finalist for a National Book Award and the recipient of an American Book Award), The Gangster of Love, and Dream Jungle (a New York Times Notable Book), and Danger and Beauty, a collection of selected poetry and short fiction. She was the editor of the Asian American fiction anthology Charlie Chan Is Dead. She lives in New York City.
Published March 1, 1993 by Penguin Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A long short story, ``Pet Food''--wherein a young Filipino girl leaves her divorced mother and moves in to a San Francisco rooming house filled with larger-than-life types (drug-dealers, porno stars, and a notorious art columnist called ``Silver Daddy'') to write poetry but ends up as the lover o...

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In the grassroots tradition of her "satin sisters" Thulani Davis and Ntozake Shange, Hagedorn's latest book collects work written during her Bay Area sojourn in the early '70s (poems first published by Kenneth Rexroth to whom the book is dedicated) all the way to post–Septmeber 11 entries in her ...

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``Formalized / by middle age / we avoid crowds / but still / love music,'' she begins a poem that goes on to juxtapose the speaker's infant daughter's ``pink and luscious flesh'' with friends in El Salvador whose relatives are disappearing.

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