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Last Seen Entering the Biltmore : Plays, Short Fiction, Poems 1975-2010 - Gary Indiana

Last Seen Entering the Biltmore

Plays, Short Fiction, Poems 1975-2010

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Before publishing his celebrated first novel, Horse Crazy, in 1987, Gary Indiana wrote and directed twelve plays for an informal company whose performers included the painter Bill Rice, composer Evan Lurie, the poet George-Therese Dickenson, writer and film actress Cookie Mueller, Warhol superstar and painter Viva, writer Victoria Pedersen, singer/actress Sharon Niesp, photographer Allen Frame, the legendary Taylor Mead, novelist Larry Mitchell, and others. Performed at the Mudd Club, Club 57, The Performing Garage, and Bill Rice's E. 3rd Street studio, Indiana's plays offered a kind of community theater for New York's underground.This volume presents highlights of that repertoire, including Alligator Girls Go to College, The Roman Polanski Story, and Indiana's script for Michel Auder's videofilm A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking, accompanied by archival performance photographs and selections from Indiana's contemporaneous journals and poems. These hilarious, incisive writings and scripts evoke a vivid and accurate portrait of writers and artists in the lower Manhattan of the 1980s--arguably America's last avant-garde--and anticipates Indiana's impressive subsequent literary career.

In our era of frenzied consumerism and rising political and cultural conservatism Gary Indiana's plays, poems, and prose offer a needed alternative, independent approach to artistic production.

-Eleanor Whitney, New York Foundation of the Arts
... this collection's thirty-five-year coverage is a strong starting point for anyone unfamiliar with the author's work.

-Rain Taxi Review of Books
Last Seen makes for both a noteworthy survey of Indiana's work and a testimony of the raw, urgent beauty of the seventies and eighties art scenes in Los Angeles and Manhattan.... Last Seen is, ultimately, an important clarion call by a charismatic and candid voice.

-Review of Contemporary Fiction

America the Largep. 7
Hollywood Signsp. 9
Tough Broad, an Autobiographyp. 17
One Saidp. 20
Sex (1)p. 21
What's Wrong with Himp. 22
Proposed Plaque for the Port Authorityp. 23
Introduction: The Theater of the Obviousp. 25
Alligator Girls Go to Collegep. 28
Jack by Popular Demandp. 66
Curse of the Dog Peoplep. 70
Time Is the Echo of an Axep. 93
Rock 'n' Roll Funeral Party, 1st nightp. 97
Rock 'n' Roll Funeral Party, 2nd nightp. 101
Summertimep. 104
Hyenas of Babylonp. 106
And a Putrid Time Was Had by Allp. 111
I'm Dreaming of a White Hitler (Response to Patti)p. 113
Phone Callp. 114
Et Ceterap. 115
A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talkingp. 117
The Roman Polanski Storyp. 154
Bomb Magazine Interviewp. 185
You All Know What You're Here Forp. 199
Successp. 203
If You Must Sit on the Face of Jesusp. 205
One More Night in the Land of Green Bananasp. 207
Phantoms of Louisianap. 208
A Book of Strangersp. 259
Summer with Ritap. 265
Roy Cohnp. 275
Epilogue: The Five Percent Paradoxp. 291
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ISBN: 9781584350903
ISBN-10: 1584350903
Series: Semiotext(e) Native Agents
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 12th November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.44  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48