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