Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, lived as a child in Kahuku on O‘ahu, and grew up thereafter in Los Angeles. He is the author of three collections of poetry, including Pulitzer Prize finalist The River of Heaven (Alfred A. Knopf, 1988), and two memoirs: Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai‘i (Vintage, 1996) and his latest, forthcoming from Pantheon, The Perfect Sound: A Memoir in Stereo. He lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Garrett Hongo

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Slow-Dancing with 45s

At the age of fourteen, during my last year in junior high school in Gardena, I began to realize that if I were ever to get a date I ’d have to revolutionize my musical point of reference. The faux folk music and light pop I ’d once cherished had to be exchanged for something completely different. […]

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On My Therapist, Late in This Life

I’ve come to believe, after having written some myself, that every book worth half of what it’s printed on is about the true and vulgar ruination of a life. Tolstoy told me so and so did my therapist, a tall, light-skinned African American man with whom I went to college and who shares with me […]

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