Reading with Chelsea Martin with Richard Chiem
Says Lena Dunham, "The preeminent chronicler of Internet-age malaise."
Funny, candid, and searchingly self-aware, Caca Dolce is an essay collection telling the story of Chelsea Martin's coming of age as an artist. Here, she is an eleven-year-old atheist, trying to will an alien visitation to her neighborhood. Then, she is fighting with her stepfather and grappling with a Tourette's diagnosis as she becomes a teenager. She goes into debt to afford what might be a meaningless education at an expensive art college and struggles to maintain independence from the dead-end California town that has defined her upbringing. This is a tell-all about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family--about growing up weird.
Richard Chiem is a first generation Vietnamese American writer raised in San Bernardino, CA. After winning the 2009 UCSD Steward Award, as chosen by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout, Chiem transitioned from poetry to prose while studying under writers like Fanny Howe, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, and Sawako Nakayasu. Chiem worked at movie theaters during the day while writing in the evenings, becoming a prominent figure in the small press and online writing community known as Alt-Lit. In early 2016, Chiem completed his debut novel, "King of Joy", the majority of which he wrote in Seattle. Five years after its original release, You Private Person" is now published in a brand-new edition by small press Sorry House.
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"For anyone who has ever felt weird or poor or misunderstood or just . . . weird, well, this is the book for you. Martin chronicles her own bizarre upbringing in such a way that the strangeness of it all manages to still feel universal. She recounts everything from her attempt to manifest an alien invasion (she was just 11; what 11-year-old doesn't want E.T.