My 1980s and Other Essays

My 1980s should be the book that pushes Koestenbaum off that cusp and truly into the public eye.

My 1980s and Other Essays

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.

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My 1980s and Other Essays
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Wayne Koestenbaum
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08-13 - Publisher: FSG Originals

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,
Figure It Out
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Wayne Koestenbaum
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-05 - Publisher: Catapult

“Whatever his subject―favorites include porn, punctuation and the poetry of Frank O’Hara―the goal is always to jigger logic and language free of its moorings . . . His great and singular appeal is this fealty to his own desire and imagination . . . Figuring it out, after all, is
Poetry & Barthes
Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Calum Gardner
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher: Poetry and Lup

What kinds of pleasure do we take from writing and reading? What authority has the writer over a text? What are the limits of language's ability to communicate ideas and emotions? Moreover, what are the political limitations of these questions? The work of the French cultural critic and theorist Roland
What it Means to Write About Art
Language: en
Pages: 560
Authors: Jarrett Earnest
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-27 - Publisher: David Zwirner Books

The most comprehensive portrait of art criticism ever assembled, as told by the leading writers of our time. In the last fifty years, art criticism has flourished as never before. Moving from niche to mainstream, it is now widely taught at universities, practiced in newspapers, magazines, and online, and has
Jackie Under My Skin
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Wayne Koestenbaum
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-17 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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