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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Launch Party for Jesús Ángel García Novel BadBadBad Sounds Anything But

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Just who is Jesús Ángel García, anyway? It is fair to ask. The inviting cover of BadBadBad, a new novel from New Pulp Press, posits him as the author and first-person narrator thereof, but it also bears this important-seeming advisory: "Roleplay is a dangerous game when you don't know who you are."

Within its pages we envision Jesús Ángel García, or "JAG" if you prefer, as a Southern gentleman of sorts, striving for custody of his infant son by straddling incompatible and increasingly extreme personas. The operating question in BadBadBad seems to be the great existential question of how, if at all, you might reconcile daily duties as a church webmaster with nightly duties as an online sexual messiah. Again, fair to ask.

"Thou shalt not castrate!" someone says in BadBadBad. "Every love, like every time you come, gives and takes so much out of you, out of me, out of God," someone else says. Grasping and addled and unidentifiable though he may be, Jesús Ángel García certainly is the best available source for more context on these remarks. To that end, Thursday night's BadBadBad launch party is recommended. Its festivities will include live music, burlesque dancers, audience ensemble readings from the book, and a related documentary in which people open up about their fears and self-destructions, plus "treats."

There is something touching about reclaiming the pulp paperback tradition for an era dominated by the brightly lit isolation of a variously pixelated existence. It's even more touching, maybe, when a multimedia book launch is involved. As the official website promises, "In its final form, BadBadBad will be an unprecedented literary-audio-visual mashup." This should be a fine occasion for posing fair questions -- including the fairest of them all: whether redemption is possible.

The BadBadBad launch party starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fivepoints Arthouse, 72 Tehama (at Second St.). Admission is free, but a $10 donation is requested.

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