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Book Title: The Waterfront Journals|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 798 KB
v The author of the book: David Wojnarowicz
Date of issue: June 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780802115850
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Read full description of the books The Waterfront Journals:I love to read gorgeous books I've failed the gall to write. Oh well. This book is so sweet and breaking in that desolation angel faggot hustler way. Oh.
But so much better. It has this hard truth to it. It isn't fiction, but that's not why. It is because he is so used to it that he can't but fail to fetishize-idealize-exoticize these subjects--unlike everyone else. Name someone else, please, so that I will read all of their books and love you. I don't know much about Genet, but I wonder, in light of Wojnarowicz, how Genet is able fetishize his faggot criminals to the point of marbleizing them. It makes me think he wasn't really there-there. That he was there, but only as a writer is anywhere, a parasite sucking all the life out of his environs for later, not living it. "Let's avoid life by taking this picture in order to be able to look back on it later and feel that we were living, that we were beautiful--ect." This what I am saying is not a theory and is uninformed. I imagine Genet must have been there-there, had to have been. I just don't know how the high classicalism, of Querelle at least, can be extracted from the kind of experience that wears away a person's fantasies and replaces them with less interesting realities. Querelle was written by Plato. There are cops and gamblers and sailors who fuck eachother, many of them with homophobic rage, yes. And, regarding the ones I've met and the ones friends have told me about--I can't imagine us extracting a kind of dead trope from those entirely specific, un-ideal moments in physics. But fetishes are incalculable, and clearly, they survive their consummation and fulfillment.
But Wojnarowicz's kind of worn factuality pushes up against his young (totally fetishizable!) James-Dean-of-Sodom passion with a delectable irreconcilability that could only be elegant coexistence. The fat is burned off--entirely--whether that burning approaches burlesque in the final paragraphs. But its counterweight, a thing Susan Faludi or Henry Miller would never understand--to say nothing of Kerouac or Ginseberg--that is, real actual desperate homeless poverty, makes the book more true than any slum-tourist manifesto ever was, and more urgent than all the stack of Beat cunt and road visions.
Read information about the authorDavid Wojnarowicz was a gay painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and activist who was prominent in the New York City art world of the 1980s.
He was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, and later lived with his mother in New York City, where he attended the High School of Performing Arts for a brief period. From 1970 until 1973, after dropping out of school, he for a time lived on the streets of New York City and worked as a farmer on the Canadian border.
Upon returning to New York City, he saw a particularly prolific period for his artwork from the late 1970s through the 1980s. During this period, he made super-8 films, such as Heroin, began a photographic series of Arthur Rimbaud, did stencil work, played in a band called 3 Teens Kill 4, and exhibited his work in well-known East Village galleries.
In 1985, he was included in the Whitney Biennial, the so-called Graffiti Show. In the 1990s, he fought and successfully issued an injunction against Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association on the grounds that Wojnarowicz's work had been copied and distorted in violation of the New York Artists' Authorship Rights Act.
Wojnarowicz died of AIDS on July 22, 1992. His personal papers are part of the Downtown Collection held by the Fales Library at New York University.
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