With her background, a Scots-Irish-French-Filipino mother and a Filipino-Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature. Her mixed media style often incorporates song, poetry, images, and spoken dialogue. Moving to San Francisco in , Hagedorn received her education at the American Conservatory Theater training program. To further pursue playwriting and music, she moved to New York in
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It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive. A wildly disparate group of characters — from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines — become caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.
It is a rich and satisfying work and certainly among the best novels I have read this year. What does naked power look like? How does humor and justice and extravagance and human love survive when the greatest terrorist in your own country is your own government?
Dogeaters is a play of important answers and, more importantly, of the right unanswered questions. Mimi Smith, a filmmaker whose only screen credit is a low-budget slasher movie, finds herself in desperate need of resuscitation for both her career and downwardly-spiraling life. Her neighbor, Eleanor Delacroix, is a legendary, scandalous literary figure, now nearing eighty and addicted to cocaine and gin. Their personal and artistic lives begin to converge in unexpected ways as Eleanor grieves over the recent death of her long-time lover, the renowned painter Yvonne Wilder, and as Mimi confronts the challenges presented by the mysterious disappearance of her drug-dealing boyfriend, Bobby; by her newly sober if still somewhat loopy brother, Carmelo; and by her wayward fourteen-year-old daughter, Violet.
Toxicology is a book for grownups and a thing of beauty. Real artists, whose work consumes, even as it enlivens them. Hagedorn lets the emotional consequences of loss and waste freely expand the parameters of her novel in order to accurately express the wounded heart at play with love, loyalty and making art.
Funny, sad and without phony resolution, Toxicology just tells like it is. With Toxicology, her best, and most daring, novel so far, she has broken new ground by writing with naked brutality, but also with piercing humor and great wisdom, about what it means to be a New Yorker at the beginning of the 21st century. Toxicology is an indelible portrait of how we live today. So begins a blazing coming-of-age story suffused with the tension of immigration that finds Rocky moving from the counterculture of s San Francisco to the extravagant s Manhattan music scene.
But the lost tribe may be a clever hoax and the Hollywood movie seems doomed as the cast and crew continue to self-destruct in a cloud of drugs and egos. As the consequences of these events play out, four unforgettable characters — a wealthy, iconoclastic playboy; a woman ensnared in the sex industry; a Filipino American writer; and a jaded actor — find themselves irrevocably drawn together in this lavish, sensual portrait of a nation in crisis.
Batacan, Jose Dalisay Jr. The poetry of Jessica Hagedorn reinforces these realities, but also shows that the simple pleasures we all experience as human beings — dancing, eating, rejoicing, laughing — are not absent from Philippine life. Together, these images and poetry are a deeply affecting vision of a country and its people.
Sweeping in background and literary style, from pioneering writers to newly emerging voices from the Hmong and Korean communities, these exceptional works celebrate the full spectrum of Asian American experience and identities, transcending stereotypes and revealing the strength and vitality of Asian America today.
Plot summary[ edit ] Dogeaters follows the stories of several characters in the Philippines, including members of the Alacran, Avila and Gonzaga families. A dictator rules the country. However, leftists are challenging his authority and his actions, resulting in great turmoil and violence. The book begins with lengthy introductions and character descriptions.
It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive. A wildly disparate group of characters — from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines — become caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth. It is a rich and satisfying work and certainly among the best novels I have read this year.