AGITATOR 83 - Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl
JDO and I are talking Katsuhito Ishii's 1998 ensemble crime film Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl.
Having a face for movies, proto-Kakihara, Takeo Kiuchi designer wear, becoming a 40-year-old hypebeast, defense of Shark Skin Man, Agitator boys cameo, not being able to kill people who are too cool, the cringiness of conscious rap, the texture of shark skin, a crew having fun on set, writing one book for you and one for “them,” artistic literacy, SWERY65, Michael Crichton, webnovels, writing shit that works for you, pacing your story, balancing self-indulgence, favorite characters, and seeing yourself in the third person.
YUGEN JUNK WEEKLY
This year has been a lot about securing the bag. “Work work work work work work,” as Rihanna would say. There’s a lot of writing projects I’m working on lowkey with full intent to drop this year, but the one I’ve been having fun with in public (if you pay me) is Samurai Jesus, a weekly serialized freestyle cyberpunk novel. Each week, I sit down the night before dropping the next chapter and make it all up in one go. No tweaking or editing, on to the next one the following week. J David Osborne is doing the same thing with Ronin Trash, an alternate history bizarro Okie Yakuza novel. These serializations are experiments in adapting the manga/video game model in prose form. If that sounds cool, catch up here.
When people ask what I do for a living, I used to say “I build shit” or “I’m a carpenter” because it’s the most socially acceptable and understandable of my many hustles. But the past month, I’ve mostly just been narrating, so I say, “voice actor.” Shout out everyone who told me to get into this shit. You were right. I’m narrating E Rathke’s first couple books in the Howl series, which is my favorite shit he’s published so far. The eBook of the first entry is free HERE.
Speaking of E Rathke, I narrated his pseudonymous collaboration with Kyle Muntz, a kaiju cosmic horror western titled Sing, Behemoth, Sing. The direction I was given was “it’s like an anime, but it should be narrated by a cowboy,” and your boy is the perfect voice for that. Proud as hell of this one. Listen HERE.
I should start posting link lists of all the audiobooks I’ve narrated. It’s over two dozen now, with a lot of heavy hitters dropping soon. I’ll save that for next time, though. Be easy.
I love what you all are doing. The manga-influenced approach to writing stories, the deep dives into Japanese weirdo cinema, the love and knowledge of hip-hop. I feel a kindred spirit type thing. If you ever need access/help with the Japan side of things, hit me up. I've been working in Japan since 2010, translating, writing. Started a manga podcast recently. Currently trying to follow your lead. Just gotta get rid of this 9-5 first (working on it). Work work work work work.