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Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 (Hardcover)

Author: Stosuy, Brandon

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View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction."Up Is Up itself has a scrapbook feel. It gathers poems, excerpts and short stories as well as handmade magazine covers, pamphlets and posters that capture the collaborative, on-the-fly spirit of the period. . . . What is most arresting about UP IS UP is not its discovery of any individual genius but its invocation of an electrifying social energy that helped blast out an intellectual space for then-''transgressive'' female and gay writers." --New York Times Book ReviewSome of us like our angels with dirty faces; witness the lovingly reproduced artifacts of Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York''s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, a comprehensive compendium of below-14th Street literary productions by everyone from Laurie Anderson to Nick Zedd, focusing on the output of small magazines of the era like Koff, Bomb, and Between C and D...Ýthe¨ stories meld dry satire with heart-churningly desperate transmissions of damaged humanity.--Village VoiceExhilarating. . . . Up Is Up reproduces flyers and pages from lit mags to convey downtown''s heady DIY ethos. The writing itself displays sensibilities that are at once fiery and cool. Cookie Mueller, Dennis Cooper, Wojnarowicz and many others merge crackling prose and a matter-of-fact tone to burrow into disturbing corners of sexual desire. AIDS takes a serious toll in the ''80s, and becomes the haunting focus in amazing selections by novelist Gary Indiana and poet Tim Dlugos. Even as the scene begins to wind down, the book nails the deep thrills of talk and collaboration, especially in novelist Lynne Tillman''s complex rendering of two friends'' bar-set conversation. That gift for gab lives on inthe epilogue, a spirited conversation between Eileen Myles and Cooper, who resist mythologizing but invoke the scene''s glory nonetheless. --Time Out New YorkNew York University Press has released the cutting-edge equivalent of a memory book: Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York''s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, Brooklyn writer Brandon Stosuy''s magisterial anthology-cum-reliquary of downtown writing and literary art. Its oversized, gorgeously decorated and even decorous pages host an impossibly rich variety of prose, poetry and the unidentifiable either/or -- all produced by writers who either lived or worked or once visited or were published on or read in small presses and performance spaces below Manhattan''s Union Square but north of Mammon''s Wall Street. --ForwardFor your hipster friend: Up is Up, But So is Down: New York''s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, edited by Brandon Stousy. Long before Starbucks took over Greenwich Village, and one-bedroom rents hit $3,000, downtown Manhattan was skuzzy, vibrant and alive with arts. Collecting the work of rock-star poets and beat-down bohemians, this book attests to the fact that the life portrayed in Mary Gaitskill''s edgy work wasn''t a dream. --New City ChicagoWhile the major players in New York''s punk scene have had their songs anthologized and reissued several times, Stosuy believes the downtown literary culture has not been as well preserved. This vibrant time capsule, presented in a creatively designed oversize volume, aims to fill the gap by compiling poems and short stories and mixing in an assortment of magazine covers, hand-printed flyers and other artworks that demonstrate the performative and collaborative aspects ofthe scene''s poetry readings and small magazines. Stosuy''s skills as an archivist and cultural critic help him guide readers through the various subcultures. --Publishers WeeklyIn lower Manhattan between 1974 and 1992--before Banana Republic and the Gap opened stores on every other street corner, before SoHo became a tourist trap, and long before the events of 9/11 forever changed the city''s skyline--a group of poets, fiction writers, journalists, graffiti artists, punk rockers, and activists contributed to a dynamic literary community known simply as ''Downtown.'' These images are t

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Publisher New York University Press
Mfg Part# 9780814740101
SKU 202650676
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0814740103
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0510
Publisher New York University Press
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