A few months ago, Tom Cho blogged about his story ‘Dinner with my grandma’. What piqued my interest was Tom’s use of French dialogue in the story. I wanted to read this story of his, but, like most short stories, it was published in a literary journal and literary journals aren’t the easiest of things to track down (especially back issues). However, Mr Cho assures me that the French-speaking grandma will be making an appearance in his latest and greatest Look who’s morphing. Look who’s morphing is a collection of short stories written by Cho, some of which have been published in numerous literary journals. Its launch will be in May, and I am so going, as long as I don’t muddle up my dates and end up at the launch of some awful pop princess’ biography or whatnot. Uggh. Launch details are below. Please RSVP to Hares and Hyenas if you’re turning up.
Look who’s morphing Launch
When? 5 pm – 6:30 pm, 16 May, 2009
Where? Hares and Hyenas bookshop, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Look Who’s Morphing is a collection of funny, playful, often outlandish fictions in which, along with his extended family, the central character undergoes a series of transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music and books, porn flicks and comics. He is Godzilla, a Muppet, and Whitney Houston’s bodyguard; the Fonz, a robot, a Ford Bronco 4×4 – and, as a climax, a fifty-five metre tall guitar-wielding cock rock star, who performs for the people of Tokyo, and an adoring troupe of sexy fans.
Within these fantasies there is a deep intellectual and emotional engagement, a fundamental questioning of the nature of identity, and the way it is constructed in a world filled with the images of popular culture.