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.
"[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)
The honest beauty of it. It didn't just chronicle a person, it catalogued a time.
That doesn't really apply here. But aside from the title "character" I loved learning about Peter Hujar.
No, so I have no clue.
Not without cause.
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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