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Overview

    Hailed for his humor and passion, the internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller has delighted, shocked, and emboldened audiences all over the world. Body Blows gathers six of Miller’s best-known performances that chart the sexual, spiritual, and political topography of his identity as a gay man: Some Golden States, Stretch Marks, My Queer Body, Naked Breath, Fruit Cocktail, and Glory Box. In Body Blows, Tim Miller leaps from the stage to the page, as each performance script is illustrated with striking photographs and accompanied by Miller’s notes and comment.
    This book explores the tangible body blows—taken and given—of Miller’s life and times as explored in his performances: the queer-basher’s blow, the sweet blowing breath of a lover, the below-the-belt blow of HIV/AIDS, the psychic blows from a society that disrespects the humanity of lesbian and gay relationships. Miller’s performances are full of the put-up-your-dukes and stand-your-ground of such day-to-day blows that make up being gay in America

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Editorial Reviews

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For 20 years, performance artist Miller has been sharing his life with audiences around the world, baring his soul (and his body) while exploring the sexual, spiritual, and political aspects of his life as a gay man. The six pieces in this anthology of performances, including "My Queer Body," "Naked Breath," "Fruit Cocktail," and "Glory Hole," all reveal Miller's life journey and the "body blows" he has taken and given in a society that both embraces and rejects the gay experience. Miller's audiences are captivated by his ability to relate very personal stories to their own lives and to make them feel both the joy and the pain of being gay. Photographs and commentary by Miller accompany the depiction of each performance. Readers of this book will find it to be the next best thing to attending one of his performances. Miller teaches performance at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater and cofounded Performance Space 122 (New York City) and Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA). Recommended for theater arts collections in public and academic libraries. Howard Miller, St. Louis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299176846
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Living out Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

    Tim Miller is the author of the book 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 co-founder of Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California. In 1990, Miller was awarded a solo performer fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and became known as one of the "NEA Four" when the grant was withdrawn under political pressure. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Alistair McCartney.
    Dona Ann McAdams is a photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, London Times, Time, Stern, Aperture, and many other publications, and in numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Some Golden States 3
Stretch Marks 35
My Queer Body 79
Naked Breath 123
Fruit Cocktail 169
Glory Box 203
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