1001 Beds: Performances, Essays, and Travels

1001 Beds: Performances, Essays, and Travels

by Tim Miller
     
 

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    For a quarter century, Tim Miller has worked at the intersection of performance, politics, and identity, using his personal experiences to create entertaining but pointed explorations of life as a gay American man—from the perils and joys of sex and relationships to the struggles of political disenfranchisement and artistic censorship.

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    For a quarter century, Tim Miller has worked at the intersection of performance, politics, and identity, using his personal experiences to create entertaining but pointed explorations of life as a gay American man—from the perils and joys of sex and relationships to the struggles of political disenfranchisement and artistic censorship. This intimate autobiographical collage of Miller's professional and personal life reveals one of the celebrated creators of a crucial contemporary art form and a tireless advocate for the American dream of political equality for all citizens.
    Here we have the most complete Miller yet—a raucous collection of his performance scripts, essays, interviews, journal entries, and photographs, as well as his most recent stage piece Us. This volume brings together the personal, communal, and national political strands that interweave through his work from its beginnings and ultimately define Miller's place as a contemporary artist, activist, and gay man.

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"Performance artist Tim Miller has been a pioneering and inspiring figure for twenty-five years. Taking us into the heart of his very original work, 1001 Beds shows Miller as an engaged and effective storyteller and provocateur. It will attract readers from a variety of constituencies and be wonderful for classes."—Lynn C. Miller, editor of Voices Made Flesh

"Tim Miller has made a career not only of making the personal political, but more important, of making the political personal. As a result, 1001 Beds is not just a document of life as a performance artist, but a history of performance art; it is not just the story of a gay man, but an account of how being gay has changed."—David Bergman, series editor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299216900
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Living Out : Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies Series
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

    Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and gay rights activist. He is the author of the books Body Blows and Shirts & Skin and his performance texts have appeared in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. He teaches performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater and is cofounder of Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.
    Glen Johnson is professor of English and media studies at the Catholic University of America.

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