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Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz | [Cynthia Carr]

Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz was an abused child, a teen runaway who barely finished high school, but he emerged as one of the most important voices of his generation. His circle of East Village artists moved into the national spotlight just as the AIDS plague began its devastating advance, and as right-wing culture warriors reared their heads. Fire in the Belly is the untold story of a polarizing figure at a pivotal moment in American culture - and one of the most highly acclaimed biographies of the year.
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David Wojnarowicz was an abused child, a teen runaway who barely finished high school, but he emerged as one of the most important voices of his generation. He found his tribe in New York’s East Village, a neighborhood noted in the 1970s and ’80s for drugs, blight, and a burgeoning art scene. His creativity spilled out in paintings, photographs, films, texts, installations, and in his life and its recounting - creating a sort of mythos around himself. His circle of East Village artists moved into the national spotlight just as the AIDS plague began its devastating advance, and as right-wing culture warriors reared their heads. As Wojnarowicz’s reputation as an artist grew, so did his reputation as an agitator - because he dealt so openly with his homosexuality, so angrily with his circumstances as a Person With AIDS, and so fiercely with his would-be censors.

Fire in the Belly is the untold story of a polarizing figure at a pivotal moment in American culture - and one of the most highly acclaimed biographies of the year.

©2012 Cynthia Carr (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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"[Fire in the Belly is] unimprovable as a biography - thorough, measured, beautifully written, loving but not uncritical - as a concentrated history of his times, and as a memorial." (Luc Sante, Bookforum)

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    What did you love best about Fire in the Belly?

    The honest beauty of it. It didn't just chronicle a person, it catalogued a time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That doesn't really apply here. But aside from the title "character" I loved learning about Peter Hujar.


    Have you listened to any of Cynthia Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, so I have no clue.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not without cause.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are art all interested in the art scene in NYC in the early 80s beyond Basquiat et al, read this.

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