BookMark Shoppe presents
Japanthem: Counter-Cultural Experiences, Cross-Cultural Remixes
Thursday, August 11, 2022 | 7 pm
Reading and Discussion at BookMark Shoppe
8415 3rd Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11209
Copies of JAPANTHEM available for
purchase and signing at the event.
“In this illuminating debut, Marshall offers an outsider’s look into Japanese culture via its music . . . Throughout, her sharp observations are interspersed with moving moments of introspection . . . This transportive work is a thrilling escape.” —Publishers Weekly
Fulbright and mtvU sponsored scholar Jillian Marshall offers honest and often humorous vignettes that delve far beyond Western stereotypes of Japanese culture to portray a society’s deep relationship with music, and what it means to listen and understand as a cultural outsider. Following a decade of back-and-forth across the Pacific while researching her doctoral thesis in ethnomusicology, JAPANTHEM (978-1953103154, 230 pages, Three Rooms Press, April 2022) author Jillian Marshall reveals contemporary Japan through a prism of magic, serendipity, frustration, unique underground culture, learning life lessons the hard way, and an insatiable curiosity for the human spirit. The book’s twenty vignettes — including what it’s like to be subtly bullied by your Buddhist dance teacher, go to a secret rave in woods near Mt. Fuji, meet a pop star at a basement club while tipsy, and experience a nuclear disaster unfold by the minute — are based off first-hand experience, and illustrate music’s fascinating relationship to (Japanese) society with honesty, intelligence, and humor. JAPANTHEM offers a uniquely nuanced portrayal of life in the Land of the Rising Sun — while encouraging us to listen more deeply in (and to) Japan in the process.
About Jillian Marshall: Jillian Marshall grew up in a rural town in Vermont, just south of the French-Canadian border. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2009, she moved to a fishing village in Japan to teach middle school English. She came back to the US to pursue a doctorate in ethnomusicology at Cornell University, frequently returning to Japan to conduct research on contemporary Japanese music. Following the completion of her PhD in 2018, she left academia in pursuit of a more public intellectualism. In addition to writing, Jillian currently teaches the languages and history of Japan and China; she is also a lifelong musician, and plays trumpet and piano. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Three Rooms Press presents
The 15th Annual CHARLES BUKOWSKI Memorial Reading
Celebrating his 102nd birthday!
Tuesday, August 16th, 6 pm
at The Bitter End
147 Bleecker Street | NYC | Tickets $10
Poems, Readings & Performance by
Penny Arcade | Jennifer Blowdryer | Puma Perl
Michael Puzzo | Richard Vetere | George Wallace
Come and celebrate the 15th Annual Charles Bukowski Memorial Reading—on his 102nd birthday—at NYC’s iconic Bitter End on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 6 pm.
The highly anticipated yearly event is hosted by Three Rooms Press co-directors Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes and features poetry, oral history, rare videos, and live performances.
Held since 2008, this year’s event will feature Bukowski poems and tales by a unique cast of talented fans including famed performance artist Penny Arcade, musician-storyteller Jennifer Blowdryer, poet Puma Perl, playwritght Michael Puzzo, playwright/author Richard Vetere, and poet George Wallace. Admission is $10.
Charles Bukowski was considered the champion of the outsiders, the lost, the lonely, and the outcasts of society. His work is still vividly relevant today. Overall, Bukowski wrote about the human condition, something that can be applied to any time period regardless of changes in technology, politics, or societal conflict.
Doors open at 5:45pm (for best seating please arrive early). All attendees have a chance to win Bukowski books, CDs, DVDs, and other prizes.
The MAINTENANT series is archived in leading international institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art–New York, the BelVUE Museum–Brussels, and more. Contributors have included such artists Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Fred Tomaselli, Nicole Eisenman, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Kazunori Murakami, along with writers William S. Burroughs, Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Jack Hirschman, and Jerome Rothenberg, with a strong contingent of punk musician-artist-writers including Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Exene Cervenka, Thurston Moore, and Alice Bag.
Media questions and interview requests: please contact Three Rooms Press co-director Peter Carlaftes at email@example.com, or call 212-731-0574.