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T Clutch Fleischmann

T Clutch Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande, 2012).

The Transposition Workout

On page 19 of the 38-page-long The Albertine Workout (that is, the dead center), Carson declares, “It is always tricky, the question whether to read an author's work in light of his life or not.” And really, isn’t it, though?

The Second Valerie Solanas Book You Should Read

It’s about damn time there’s a biography of Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto and shooter of Andy Warhol. A writer, revolutionary, and icon, a frustrating reality of her life was that, no matter how singular her voice, Solanas consistently found herself surrounded by others who (well-meaning or malicious) endeavored to use her for their own agenda—a life’s work incessantly stolen.

A Life in a Box

French critic and photographer Hervé Guibert’s journal, The Mausoleum of Lovers, begins in 1976 and ends in 1991, with the writer’s death from AIDS.

Queerly Familiar

It’s weird how familiar the images from Anthony Friedkin’s The Gay Essay feel. Shot in Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1969 to 1973, when the photographer was just entering his twenties, they feature what you might expect as we continue to historicize that time: drag queens and hustlers, street corners and porn theatres, early pride parades and long hair.

Arms in the Air

Prelude to Bruise is filled with Boy. In Saeed Jones’s debut he appears in portraits, such as “Boy in a Stolen Evening Gown” and “Boy Found Inside a Wolf,” as well as a longer prose bit “History, according to Boy.&rdquo

Under the Sign of [sic]: Sturtevant’s Volte-Face

Prior to reading Bruce Hainley’s latest book, my gloss on Elaine Sturtevant would have gone something like this: Feminist appropriation artist remade iconic Pop works, raising questions about authorship.

In Conversation

Kate Zambreno with T. Clutch Fleischmann

Kate Zambreno is the author of, among other books, the novel Green Girl (Emergency Press, 2011; Harper Perennial reissue, 2014) and the nonfiction text Heroines (Semiotext(e), 2012), texts of women, of literary modernism, and of startling critical and emotional insight.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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