in 2016, Gene Luen Yang earned a fucking Genius Grant (MacArthur) because his... "work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people."*
This story exists in layers. American Born Chinese combine three tales: 1) coming-of-age friendship of Jin Wang and Wei-Chen Sun, 2) Sun Wu Kong! the journeys of a handsome Monkey King who does not want to be a monkey 3) Chin-Kee, a grotesque character who takes every Chinese stereotype and wraps it into a single package.
Look for themes of humility, friendship, coming of age, transformation, appearances, lies, betrayal, foreignness and 'The Other', versions of reality
Sun Wu Kong narrative is from Journey into the West and is a major motion picture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMI3zqIODf8
Teens from Seattle's suburbs are mutating from a nasty STD, so they run into the woods!
Look for themes of sex awakening, coming of age, acceptance, and the aWKWardneSS of pUBErTY!
Apparently, HBO is going to make it into a thing
Dolphins, Pigs, and Gorillas; all animals way to smart to eat.
Now add Wub to the list. Space Cadets on Mars collect creatures for consumption, including... a Wub. Another classic banger from Philip K. Dick!
Be prepared to discuss morality, our role in the food cycle, dominance, and maybe colonization. Also, aliens: do we really want to know?
Salinger's Nine Stories starts with the Zen Koan, "We know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?"
With that in mind, it's 1948, and a husband and wife go on vacation Florida.
-He edged the float and its passenger a foot closer to the horizon. "Naturally, after that they're so fat they can't get out of the hole again. Can't fit through the door."
Be prepared to discuss themes innocence, war, ptsd, relationships, isolation, sex, mental health, and spirituality. Oh and ankles! Can't forget the ankles. We will need to discuss; ankles... foot, feet, hands, and of course, the funny business with the trees.