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Winter Reading List 2019/20

• Fear of a Queer Planet, Michael Warner

•Good Woman, Lucille Clifton

•Leonardo Da Vinci: a Study in Psychosexuality, Sigmund Freud

•Bush Fires in the Social Landscape, David Wojnarowicz

•Weigh of the Earth: the Tape Journals of David Wojnarowicz, David Wojnarowicz

•Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry, Essex Hemphill

•Towards a Gay Communism, Mario Mieli

•Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldúa

•Stone Butch Blues, Leslie Feinberg

•Our Lady of the Flowers, Jean Genet

•Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood

•Zami: a New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde

•Stonewall, David Carter

•Saint Foucault, David Halperin


At the end of the decade approaching 2020, the third decade of the missing art career of the brilliant David Wojnarowicz, 

I am reading his word and learning the language of his symbolism and I wonder if work like this can be made without the utter closeness if catastrophe, if the dread he expressed in everything he touched was itself the urgency of the work. I am at the precious of total ecological disaster and I don't know if I should run and hide (my natural impulse) or if I should adopt the urgent, terrifying impulse to make, hoard, panic and scream in silence, and focus on the depressing feelings to an obsessive degree. I'm beginning this reading/re-reading list with DV's Bush Fires in the Social Landscape, an exploration of DV's work through the lens of his adaptation of Photography as the principal mode for his work, especially as the entry point for his self-understanding as an artist. "I generally will place many photographs together or print them one inside the other in order to construct a free-floating sentence that speaks about the world I witness. History is made by and for particular classes of people. A camera in some hands can preserve and alternate history."