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by Kip Fulbeck
Award-winning videomaker, performance artist, and pop-culture provocateur Kip Fulbeck has captivated audiences worldwide with his mixture of highcomedy and personal narrative. In "Paper Bullets," his first novel, Fulbeck taps into his Cantonese, English, Irish, and Welsh heritage, weaving a fictional autobiography from 27 closely linked stories, essays, and confessions. By...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by University of Washington Press
(first published January 1st 2001)
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Fulbeck provides an unusual perspective on the world-even for a mixed race person. I appreciated a lot of what he had to say because it was so different from anything else I had read. Of course, I always like books that make you question your own assumptions about race or anything else for that matter. However sometimes the book got a little too ethereal and non linear even for my taste. It didn't have much of an ending either.
Paper Bullets was one piece of writing that changed my life. What's different about it is that it's written from the perspective of a biracial Asian-American--a refreshing change. I could relate to Kip Fulbeck's character a lot, and the narrative was completely engaging and well-written. This novel makes you rethink your relationship to your cultural identity. Revolutionary.
I could relate to the shifting identities of the multiracial experience written in this novel, but overall I was annoyed by the rambling, confused disjointed and entirely self-indulgent style of this book. Kip Fullbeck is a talented, engaging author and speaker; this book isn't his best example.