David Wojnarowicz: A Definitive History of Five or Six Years on the Lower East Side (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents)
SylvA?re Lotringer, Chris Kraus, Hedi ElKholti, Justin Cavin, Jennifer DoyleISBN: 1584350350;
In February 1991, the artist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992) and the philosopher SylvA?re Lotringer met in a borrowed East Village apartment to conduct a long-awaited dialogue on Wojnarowicz's work. Wojnarowicz was then at the peak of his notoriety as the fiercest antagonist of morals crusader Senator Jesse Helms--a notoriety that Wojnarowicz alternately embraced and rejected. Already suffering the last stages of AIDS, David saw his dialogue with Lotringer as a chance to set the record straight on his aspirations, his personal history, and his political views. The two arranged to have this three-hour dialogue video-recorded by a mutual friend, the artist Marion Scemama. Lotringer held on to the tape for a long time. After Wojnarowicz's death the following year, he found the transcript enormously moving, yet somehow incomplete. David was trying, often with heartbreaking eloquence, to define not just his career but its position in time. The subject was huge, and transcended...
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