My 1980s And Other Essays

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
Publisher: FSG Originals
ISBN: 0374709769
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Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essays Wayne Koestenbaum has been described as "an impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag" (Bidoun). In My 1980s and Other Essays, a collection of extravagant range and style, he rises to the challenge of that improbable description. My 1980s and Other Essays opens with a series of manifestos—or, perhaps more appropriately, a series of impassioned disclosures, intellectual and personal. It then proceeds to wrestle with a series of major cultural figures, the author's own lodestars and lodestones: literary (John Ashbery, Roberto Bolaño, James Schuyler), artistic (Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol), and simply iconic (Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Lana Turner). And then there is the personal—the voice, the style, the flair—that is unquestionably Koestenbaum. It amounts to a kind of intellectual autobiography that culminates in a string of passionate calls to creativity; arguments in favor of detail and nuance, and attention; a defense of pleasure, hunger, and desire in culture and experience. Koestenbaum is perched on the cusp of being a true public intellectual—his venues are more mainstream than academic, his style is eye-catching, his prose unfailingly witty and passionate, his interests profoundly wide-ranging and popular. My 1980s should be the book that pushes Koestenbaum off that cusp and truly into the public eye.

Andy Warhol

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497699851
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An intimate depiction of the visionary who revolutionized the art world A man who created portraits of the rich and powerful, Andy Warhol was one of the most incendiary figures in American culture, a celebrity whose star shone as brightly as those of the Marilyns and Jackies whose likenesses brought him renown. Images of his silvery wig and glasses are as famous as his renderings of soup cans and Brillo boxes—controversial works that elevated commerce to high art. Warhol was an enigma: a partygoer who lived with his mother, an inarticulate man who was a great aphorist, an artist whose body of work sizzles with sexuality but who considered his own body to be a source of shame. In critic and poet Wayne Koestenbaum’s dazzling look at Warhol’s life, the author inspects the roots of Warhol’s aesthetic vision, including the pain that informs his greatness, and reveals the hidden sublimity of Warhol’s provocative films. By looking at many facets of the artist’s oeuvre—films, paintings, books, “Happenings”—Koestenbaum delivers a thought-provoking picture of pop art’s greatest icon.

Jackie Under My Skin

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466852828
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Jackie Under My Skin is a nuanced description of how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis transformed our definitions of personal identity and style. As Wayne Koestenbaum follows her into America's dreamwork, far from pious "family values," he dares to see her as a pleasure principle, a figure of Circean extravagance, and liberates her from the propagandistic uses to which her image if often harnessed.

Circus

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 9781593764869
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"If Debussy and Robert Walser had collaborated on an opera, it would sound like this."--John Ashbery "The mad genius of Pale Fire with the florid outlaw sexuality of Jean Genet"--Kirkus Reviews For five years, concert pianist Theo Mangrove has been living at his family's home in East Kill, New York, recovering from a nervous breakdown that derailed his career, and attempting to relieve his relentless polysexual appetite in the company of male hustlers, random strangers, music students, his aunt, and occasionally his wife. As he prepares for a comeback recital in Aigues-Mortes, a walled medieval town in southern France, he becomes obsessed with the idea that the Italian circus star Moira Orfei must join him there to perform alongside him. Extravagantly (and tragicomically) describing his hallucinatory plans in a series of twenty-five notebooks, he assembles an incantatory meditation on performance, failure, fame, decay, and delusion. A new edition of a "dazzlingly seductive" fever dream written in "brilliant poetic vernacular" (Bookforum) by a beloved poet and cultural critic, now with an introduction by Rachel Kushner.

Camp Marmalade

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
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ISBN: 9781937658779
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Part two of an autobiographical trance trilogy: intimate experiments in queer documentary and improvisatory poetics

On Skidelsky S Keynes And Other Essays

Author: G. C. Harcourt
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 023028468X
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On Skidelsky's Keynes and Other Essays contains essays from the twenty eight years that the author spent in Cambridge before his return to Australia. Thevolume spans theoretical issues, autobiography, review articles, political economy, tributes to eminent economists and general essays.

The Pink Trance Notebooks

Author: Wayne Koestenbaum
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ISBN: 9781937658403
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"A collection of 'addictively readable' daybook poems from a leading cultural critic and poet."--

Civilization Contents Discontents And Malcontents And Other Essays C

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Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781610751001
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The fifteen essays in this collection reflect Lyman's concern with the structures and the processes attending race relations, minority communities, and the constitution of the social self. 1991 Mid-South Sociological Association Book Award

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Author: Amy Scholder
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558618678
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“In this collection commissioned by Amy Scholder, nine original essays explore the specific and personal impact of cultural icons.” —Publishers Weekly Whose poster hung on your wall as a teenager? Whose record did you wear out? Whose life story could you not resist? Fascination works in mysterious ways—it can be born out of inspiration, or repulsion, or both. In these daring essays, some of the most provocative writers of our time offer a private view on a public figure. In the process, they reveal themselves in beautiful and unexpected ways, blurring the line between biography and memoir. Original essays include Introduction by Amy Scholder, Mary Gaitskill on Linda Lovelace, Rick Moody on Karen Dalton, Johanna Fateman on Andrea Dworkin, Danielle Henderson on bell hooks, Hanne Blank on MFK Fisher, Kate Zambreno on Kathy Acker, Justin Vivian Bond on Karen Graham, Jill Nelson on Aretha Franklin, and Zoe Pilger on Mary Gaitskill “A smart plunge into fandom’s sober fringe.” —Wayne Koestenbaum, author of My 1980s and Other Essays