By Kip Fulbeck
Award-winning videomaker, functionality artist, and pop-culture provocateur Kip Fulbeck has captivated audiences world-wide together with his mix of excessive comedy and private narrative. during this textual content, Fulbeck faucets into his Cantonese, English, Irish, and Welsh background, weaving a fictional autobiography from 27 heavily associated tales, essays, and confessions. via turns delicate and forceful, passionate and callous, Fulbeck confronts the politics of race, intercourse, and Asian American masculinity head-on with out apology, consistently wondering the place Hapas slot in a rustic that ignores multiracial identification.
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Escape routes. Food court. You are here. Each classroom photo, from kindergarten through sixth grade, carries with it the promise, within a pixilated, 1/4-inch face, of a nameless, interchangeable little girl. It is before erections and sexual fantasy. It is before locker-room talk and male bravado of whose hands have touched who where. It is before learning about how to see, treat, and 17 fuck women (in that order)—before hollow fixes and beliefs that some experimentation of positions, some sharing of bodily fluids, is satisfying anywhere beyond the recurring physical hunger and fear of being alone.
I join Covina Aquatics against my will. It’s just the lesser of two evils, like picking the coast guard over the marines. We work out at a shallow high-school pool next to livestock pens and a football field. I go to my first day and hate it. Everyone’s looking at me. I don’t have any goggles, I don’t have a warm-up bag, and I can’t do a flip turn. I get in lane five and swim straight down the lane, bumping heads with a dozen other kids until the coach laughs and tells me I’m supposed to swim on the right side of the lane.
I don’t have a choice. ” I know. “I’ve got a book to write. ” I look at the pool, walk to the edge, and jump off the steps into the deep water. The water instantly envelops me and my senses as I go under. For a wonderful moment I am touched and held everywhere at once. The water is all around me again. I feel and hear the adults panicking and yelling, but my feeling and hearing is different now. I understand it and I’m not scared. I feel the thumping of adults running on the pool deck and yelling, getting louder as they come towards me.
Paper Bullets: a Fictional Autobiography by Kip Fulbeck