Faculty Book: Wayne Koestenbaum
My 1980s and Other Essays
(FSG Originals, 2013)
Koestenbaum’s essay collection opens with a series of manifestos—or rather, a series of impassioned disclosures, intellectual and personal—and 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). 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; and a defense of pleasure, hunger, and desire in culture and experience. Wayne Koestenbaum is a distinguished professor of English at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: AUG 8, 2013