FANTASIAN

Canadian Art - - Reviews -

LARISSA PHAM, BAD­LANDS UNLIMITED, 120 PP., $13.00

In the mu­sic video for Banks’s 2016 sin­gle “Fuck With My­self,” the mu­si­cian stands, adorned with dark brows and red lips, be­side an al­most-iden­ti­cal bust. It seems like it’s made out of porce­lain, its eyes closed, its ex­pres­sion still, its head spot­lessly bald. “I fuck with my­self more than any­body else,” Banks whis­pers into its ear. “It’s all love,” she sings, smear­ing the same shade of red lip­stick across its face, later lick­ing, softly chok­ing, then suf­fo­cat­ing and burn­ing her ef­figy.

“To watch her is sur­real, it’s like I’m fuck­ing my­self,” the un­named pro­tag­o­nist of Larissa Pham’s Fantasian mar­vels, fan­ta­siz­ing about Dolores, the only “other Asian girl” she knows in her col­lege. Read­ing Pham’s erotic novella, which cen­tres on a young Asian-amer­i­can wo­man in Yale Univer­sity, who dis­cov­ers, de­sires and be­comes ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with her dop­pel­gänger, is like re­vis­it­ing Banks’s de­vi­ously chore­ographed fall­ing-for-self. The at­trac­tion is queer, for a

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