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, isnt it, though?
Its about damn time theres 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 agendaa lifes work incessantly stolen.
French critic and photographer Hervé Guiberts journal, The Mausoleum of Lovers, begins in 1976 and ends in 1991, with the writers death from AIDS.
Its weird how familiar the images from Anthony Friedkins 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.
Prelude to Bruise is filled with Boy. In Saeed Joness 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
Prior to reading Bruce Hainleys latest book, my gloss on Elaine Sturtevant would have gone something like this: Feminist appropriation artist remade iconic Pop works, raising questions about authorship.
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.