“12 Mate Sips”: An Excerpt From Jackson Bliss’s “Dream Pop Origami”

Dream Pop Origami

We’re pleased to present an excerpt from Jackson Bliss’s forthcoming book Dream Pop Origami: A Permutational Memoir About Hapa Identity, due out next month on Unsolicited Press. Boasting advance praise from Regina King and Porochista Khakpour, Bliss’s memoir abounds with formal innovation and interactive texts. Unsolicited Press describes it as a literary work that “examines, celebrates, and complicates what it means to be Asian & white, Nisei & hapa, Midwestern & Californian, Buddhist & American at the same time.”

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Sunday Stories: “French Vowels that Make You Look like Goldfish”


French Vowels that Make You Look like Goldfish
by Jackson Bliss

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As long as I’ve known my son, he’s had a thing for French and this obsession has driven my white husband insane, but now our son won’t speak to us in English.  It’s gotten so bad that after four months of nagging and fighting in two different languages, we’ve had to hire a French interpreter.  We don’t know what he’s saying otherwise.  Charlie doesn’t care.  He says, Fine, let the boy speak surrender monkey.  See if I care?  But I’m his mom and caring is literally my job.

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