Yokohama Threeway

Yokohama Threeway
And Other Small Shames

"20 Years of Sister Spit on Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast"
May 2, 2014

Dia Felix, Beth Lisick, and Cristy Road talk about 20 years of Sister Spit on Bitch Media's Popaganda podcast.

- Sarah Mirk, Bitch Media

World Literature Today

". . . Yokohama Threeway blends the funny and the painful into an elixir more closely resembling cough medicine than soda pop—a little bitter, made up of strange ingredients, not real pretty, but necessary if you want to get better. In the end, you are happy you took it, even if it leaves a funky aftertaste."--Kerri Shadid, World Literature Today


"Yokohama Threeway mixes equal parts of pain, humor, and honesty to deliver a short, fast, satisfying read. There are jokes, apologies, anecdotes, and confessions that range from the deeply personal to the universal and from the philosophical to the horrible. When you're ready to accept that you're as bad as the rest of us and take pleasure in the humiliation of others, pick this one up."--Gabino Iglesias, Entropy

"Excerpt from Yokohama Threeway in Scratch Magazine"
Apr 21, 2014

"The Panda Ambulance" - a chapter from Yokohama Threeway

- Scratch Magazine

SF Weekly

"Beth Lisick's Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames, from the City Lights/Sister Spit imprint, is filled with lifey vignettes of horror that stay with us for years (and sometimes forever), but that we rarely find occasion to talk about, yet alone take pleasure in. But now, thanks to Yokohama Threeway, we can! . . . Lisick's memoir o'shames is comprised of a series of poignant and pointless embarrassments -- the time a trendy hair extension experiment led to a group of children screaming "Take off your wig, you man" until she was forced to leave a party ("The Engagement Party")" -- Anna Pulley, SF Weekly

BUST Magazine

"Lisick's essay read like a massive series of confessions, as if the only way to ease her mind over such troubles is to tell the whole world about them. Luckily for her readers, Lisick is a clever poet and comedian with the skills to elicit laughter, tears, and (sometimes) cringes with her embarrassing anecdotes. . . By confessing, lisick is able to let these traumas go. And maybe her mistakes will make readers check twice before leaving public bathrooms."—Jacqueline Sheppard, BUST Magazine

"Interview with Beth Lisick"
Dec 23, 2013

Beth Lisick talks with Evan Karp about the idea, the process and her feelings after writing Yokohama Threeway.

- Evan Karp, The Rumpus

Bitch Magazine

"Lisick has decided to let us into her strange inner sanctum and it feels intimate and sweet. And though you'll be laughing, you won't be laughing at her but with her - a critical distinction and an incredibly difficult task in writing, one that Lisick accomplishes masterfully. So while you or I may never have the guts to share the sorts of stories that Lisick does, I promise you'll be grateful she did. Grateful and maybe a little shocked."Tina Vasquez, Bitch Magazine

San Francisco Chronicle

"The book that had me laughing the hardest this year was Beth Lisick's Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames. The stories in this hilarious collection are naked and embarrassing and pure. But what I most appreciate about Lisick's storytelling is her brazen disregard for anything except verity. She's not interested in participating in the worldwide clever competition. No, Beth is all about the sloppy, topsy-turvy, warts-and-all truth. Acerbic, ignominious and terrifying at times, the stories told in this slim book always have the core of earnestness."—Joshua Mohr, "Writers' favorite books of 2013," San Francisco Chronicle

"Yokohama Threeway made it in the Indie Roundup"
Nov 20, 2013

Yokohama Threeway, written by Beth Lisick, is among the Indie Roundup (monthly review of new books).

- Ashley Brooke Roberts, Barnes & Noble

"Interview with Beth Lisick"
Nov 12, 2013

Alex Behr chats with Beth Lisick about Kurt Cobain, being a polite house guest, and how she "didn't get really weird until after I started writing."

- Alex Behr, Propeller Magazine

"Beth Lisick interviewed by the Redwood Coast Review"

Yokohama Threeway's Author Beth Lisick, interviewed for the article "Women in Charge" on female writers and the publishing industry.

- Jonah Raskin, Redwood Coast Review

"Beth Lisick interviewed in The Daily Californian"
Oct 17, 2013

Beth Lisick talks with Meg Elison about how she wrote Yokohama Threeway and the memoir as a genre. 

- Meg Elison, The Daily Californian

SF Weekly

"Beth Lisick's collection of 'small shames' is a laugh-out-loud series of short, revelatory confessions propelled by curiosity and an acute desire to experience the world. It is not now and perhaps never will be quite in vogue for people to share their shames, but Lisick does it with aplomb and even exuberance."--Evan Karp, SF Weekly

Shelf Awareness

"Beth Lisick recalls a litany of minor transgressions with humility, hilarity and incisive wit."—Annie Atherton, Shelf Awareness

Out Magazine

"The Sister Spit vet, known for her wry wit and bare-all honesty, spills some of the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy moments of her life. Hannah Horvath, meet your match." --Out Magazine 

"Beth Lisick interviewed in Nylon Magazine"
Oct 15, 2013

"The Reader" - Beth was asked to recommend a list of authors who, like herself, enjoy writing about their personal lives. On newsstands now!

- Nylon Magazine

"Beth Lisick featured on Flavorpill"
Oct 13, 2013

Beth Lisick's event at Edinburgh Castle for the release of her book,Yokohama Threeway, has been chosen as an editor's pick on Flavorpill SF. 

- Cooper Berkmoyer, Flavorpill

"Lisick featured in The Sacramento Bee"
Oct 11, 2013

The Sacramento Bee highlights Lisick's reading event at Luna's Cafe. 

- Marcus Crowder, The Sacramenti Bee

"San Francisco Chronicle highlights Beth Lisick's event at Litquake"
Oct 10, 2013

The Yokohama Threeway book launch, part of the annual literary festival Litquake, is highlighted in a roundup that includes T.C. Boyle. 

- San Francisco Chronicle

"Excerpt from Yokohama Threeway in The Bold Italic"
Oct 10, 2013

"The Lamest Moments in Beth Lisick's Life" - An excerpt of three very cringe-worthy shorts from Yokohama Threeway. 

- Beth Lisick, Yokohama Threeway

"KQED picks Yokohama Threeway as a not-to-miss Litquake event"
Oct 9, 2013

"I have been a fan of every book in City Light's new imprint series Sister Spit, edited by Michelle Tea. The newest in the series is a mordant, quick-witted book by Beth Lisick titled Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames. I can't think of a better way to spend your Sunday than with a drink in hand while listening to Beth Lisick in conversation with Alan Black, whose Glasgow accent, I hear, is enchanting."

- Ingrid Rojas Contreras, KQED

"The Portland Mercury highlights Beth Lisick's appearance at the Wordstock Festival"
Oct 2, 2013

The Portland Mercury highlights Beth Lisick's reading at the Wordstock Festival as an event to attend. 

- Alison Hallett, The Portland Mercury

"Beth Lisick created a playlist for Yokohama Threeway"
Oct 2, 2013

Beth Lisick compiled a list of songs for her book, Yokohama Threeway. Songs include Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown," Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's "We Don't Call," and The Smith's "What Difference Does It Make?"

- David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

"The Oregonian picks their Highlights for the Wordstock Festival"
Sep 13, 2013

The Oregonian highlights Beth Lisick's reading at the Wordstock Festival. 

- Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

"Yokohama Threeway on a Top 5 List on Out Magazine"
Sep 11, 2013

Yokohama Threeway makes it on the "5 More Books We Can't Wait to Read" list on Out Magazine.

- Out Magazine

Largehearted Boy

"Beth Lisick's new essay collection Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year. She is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor."—David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

"Beth Lisick interviewed on The Other People"
Sep 4, 2013

Beth Lisick talks with Brad Listi about her upcoming book Yokohama Threeway. 

- Brad Listi, The Other People


"Groundbreaking and best-selling writer and performance artist Lisick presents a collection of four-dozen brief tales from her life. In one, a good-hearted dad arrives to buy Lisick's dryer for his college daughter's new place, opens the lid, and sees a foot-long, sparkly purple dildo. In another free-floating, briefly haunting episode, 'Piece of Nirvana,' she confesses to repeating stale stories, such as 'Kurt Cobain lit my cigarette once.' She then offers her trademark pseudointellectual advice: 'Have a celebrity anecdote more than one week old? Just stop saying it. See how it feels to abandon something you thought was precious that actually means nothing.' In the title incident, Lisick describes herself as having been 'a woman who helped a mediocre man live out a classic fantasy from Penthouse Forum' on a futon. Lisick likes 'to speak with authority because I say almost nothing with authority.' Not true. Her seemingly unconnected, ironic, dryly funny, sometimes cringe-worthy vignettes constitute a strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup."
— Whitney Scott, Booklist

7x7 Magazine

"Yokohama Threeway and Other Shames, by Porchlight cofounder Beth Lisick, divulges the author's most embarrassing moments in a series of short essays dripping with wicked humor."—7x7 Magazine

"The City Lights/Sister Spit Imprint: New & Up Next"
Jun 25, 2013

An interview with Sister Spit/City Lights editor and queer icon, Michelle Tea.

- Elizabeth Estochen, Curve Magazine

Review Fix

". . . Lisick celebrates our uncanny ability to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and plod on. By making private abashment public, she pulls no punches. Indeed, by chuckling at life's whammies and zingers, she leaves us clamoring for more."