My 1980s and Other Essays

My 1980s and Other Essays Author Wayne Koestenbaum
ISBN-10 0374533776
ISBN-13 9780374533779
Year 2013-08-13
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher FSG Originals
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Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper literate collection of personal and critical essaysWayne 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 manifestosor 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 Bolao James Schuyler artistic Diane Arbus Cindy Sherman Andy Warhol and simply iconic Brigitte Bardot Cary Grant Lana Turner And then there is the personalthe voice the style the flairthat 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 intellectualhis 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

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