I found this incredible treat at Books Inc bookstore in the Castro. Big US gay names, book designer Chip Kidd and author Edmund White, introduce in English the manga of Gengoroh Tagame (田亀 源五郎), who creates cinematographic stories in which muscular and hairy authority figures are subjected to rough sex with lots of sweat and other fluids.
If it’s good enough for Chip Kidd, you might also enjoy it. I love how my copy prominently announced “printed in Canada” even though the publisher is based in Brooklyn, NY. Is this book too hot for Amerika?!
I just finished reading Lala Pipo by Okuda Hideo in English translation. Above is Chip Kidd’s cover for Vertical publishers. It’s always bittersweet to finish reading a really engaging novel.
Lala Pipo focuses on six inter-connected characters in Tokyo– all unlikable losers who are purchasers, voyeurs, sellers, authors, enablers and underground stars in the sex trade.
The first character is a peeping-tom freelance writer, the others a cabaret scout, a lonely housewife, a karaoke box attendent, an older porn author, and a fat woman who picks up ugly men at the library. The stories revolve around loneliness, despair, poverty, resentment, incest, arson, school-girl prostitution, boredom, humiliation and abuse. It sounds heavy, but it’s a total page-turner!
The husband saw at Kinokuniya that this book will soon become a movie in Japan. I can’t imagine this novel selling well or being made into a movie in the United States.
Has anyone else read Lala Pipo? Is anyone else planning to see the movie? And now that I’ve finished this novel, can anyone suggest another?!