9th Ave: José Vadi with Ted Barrow

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave location in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Jose Vadi's book Chipped. The cover is a close up shot of skinned elbows, with a big red and orange lens flare on one side of the image. A skateboard and concrete and be seen on the ground.
Join us on Thursday, April 25 at 7pm PT when we welcome José Vadi to celebrate the release of his book, Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens, with Ted Barrow at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
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Praise for Chipped
"To José Vadi, one of our great poets of the overlooked and ignored, it’s not just a skateboard. It’s a medium for dreaming, for chasing down histories of public space and private rebellion, for measuring ourselves against the wide-open visions of youth. Chipped is a treasure.” —Hua Hsu, author of National Book Critic Circle award-winning Stay True

"Continue the line that runs from Sun Ra to contemporary skateboarding and you'll arrive at the brilliant, searching essays of José Vadi. Chipped is a masterpiece of both the form and his subject." —Kyle Beachy, author of The Most Fun Thing

"Pensive . . . The rhapsodic prose shines, and Vadi’s passion will hold the attention even of readers who know little about the sport. It’s a ride well worth taking." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About Chipped
A memoir-in-essays about how skateboarding re-defines space, curates culture, confronts mortality, and affords new perspectives on and off the board.

Chipping a board—where small pieces of deck and tape break off around the nose and tail—is a natural part of skateboarding. Novice or pro, you’ll see folks riding chipped boards as symbols of their stubborn dedication toward a deck, a toy, and aging bodies that will also reach their inevitable end. 

In Chipped, José Vadi personalizes and expands upon this symbol. Written after finishing his debut collection Inter State: Essays From California, Vadi used these essays to explore his own empathy in aging, and to elaborate on the impact skateboarding has had on culture, power, and art. From tracing a critical mass skater takeover of San Francisco’s streets, to an analysis of visceral ‘90s skate videos and soundtracks, to the solace found skating a parking lot during a global pandemic, Vadi expands our understanding of the ways skateboarding can alter one’s life. 

Vadi acts as a “ethnographer on a skateboard,” writing, living, and animating an object, likening the board and skate ephemera to the fear of being discarded, wanting to be seen as useful, functional, living. These essays analyze the legacy of seminal texts like Thrasher Magazine, influential programming giants like MTV, and skateboard artists like Ed Templeton. They imagine jazz composer Sun Ra as a skateboarder to explore sonic connections between skateboarding and jazz, obsessively follow bands, chronicle tours, and discover the creative bermuda triangle Southern California suburbs have to offer. Chipped is an intimate, genre-pushing meditation on skateboarding and the reasons we continue to get up after every fall life throws our way.

About José Vadi 
José Vadi is the author of Chipped and Inter State: Essays from California. An award-winning essayist, poet, playwright and film producer, his work has been featured by the Paris Review, The Atlantic, the PBS NewsHourFree Skate Magazine, Alta Journal of California, and the Yale Review. He lives and writes in Sacramento, California.

About Dr. Ted Barrow
Ted Barrow, PhD., is a writer, art historian, curator, skateboarder, and host of "This Old Ledge," for Thrasher Magazine. Barrow has worked as a professor and curator in New York City, but has contributed over the past few years to numerous academic conferences devoted to skateboarding, including Pusing Boarders in Europe and Slow Impact in Arizona. His writing has appeared in ArtforumAlta JournalJuxtapoz, and The New York Times.  He lives and skates in San Francisco.


Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens By José Vadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593767556
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Soft Skull - April 16th, 2024

A memoir-in-essays about how skateboarding re-defines space, curates culture, confronts mortality, and affords new perspectives on and off the board

Inter State: Essays from California By José Vadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593766955
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Soft Skull - September 14th, 2021

A "must read" debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer's family and life (Los Angeles Times).

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