Live Through This

Live Through This : On Creativity and Self-Destruction

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"The 21 artists, who share their stories of madness, trauma, addiction, abuse and self-destruction, and their relationship to art, leave no vulnerable detail unwritten."--Shameless

A visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive and creative forces, Live Through This is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through a woman's silent rage, through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art. With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy C. Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan Shive, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 204 x 17.78mm | 359g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 PAGES COLOR PHOTOS B&W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
  • 1609804368
  • 9781609804367
  • 707,244

Table of contents

Live Through This
Edited by Sabrina Chap
ISBN:978-1-60980-436-7
 
Foreword Amanda Palmer
 
Preface  Sabrina  Chap
 
Long, Long Thoughts Carol Queen
 
 
Lady Lazarus: Uncoupleting Suicide and Poetry
Daphne Gottlieb
 
 
Fighting Fire with Acid Rain: A Story on Coming Down
Cristy C. Road
 
 
A Little Hell Breaks Loose Patricia Smith
 
 
Total Disaster: Sketching Sanity Fly
 
 
Slash an’ Burn Inga M. Muscio
 
 
SHE’S LOST CONTROL AGAIN (Or How Alice
Learned to Drive) Nicole Blackman
 
 
Double Trouble in the Love Art Lab: Our Breast Cancer
Experiments Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle
 
 
Friends as Heroes Silas Howard
 
Rappin’ My Wounds Toni Blackman
 
 
The Artful Art of the Role of Art in the Ugly Art of Survival
Diane DiMassa
 
 
Weight Watcher Stephanie Howell
 
 
Rewriting the Script Carolyn Gage
 
 
Cello Speak: Exploring New Languages  for Madness
Bonfire Madigan Shive
 
 
no more crying bell hooks
 
 
Self-Portraits Nan Goldin
 
 
Silent Body, Speaking Body Anonymous
 
 
Art as Prayer Kate Bornstein
 
 
Live Through That?! Eileen Myles
 
Creating Your Own World Swoon
 
2 pm Margaret Cho
 
Artist Resource List
 
 
Resources
 
 
Acknowledgments
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Review quote

"The 21 artists, who share their stories of madness, trauma, addiction, abuse and self-destruction, and their relationship to art, leave no vulnerable detail unwritten." --Shameless

"The [contributors to] Live Through This testify to lives of survival--turning tears and tendencies toward mania, depression, and self-mutilation into powerful lessons." --Curve Magazine "Captivating, concise, and humbling, Live Through This is easy to put down between pieces and become just as immersed upon picking it up again." --Feminist Review "The essays and visuals that make up Live Through This plum the depths of out-of-control lives, examining how self-destruction functions as both a hindrance and a productive challenge." --Bitch Magazine
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About Sabrina Chapadjiev

SABRINA CHAPADJIEV is a playwright, spoken word artist, and singer-songwriter originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She is founder of the all-woman songwriter series Chicks that Kick, and editor of the zine Cliterature: 18 Interviews with Women Writers. Her plays, including perhaps merely quiet, have been produced in the United States and Europe.
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