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

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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"...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

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" 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

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From the Publisher
"In our era of frenzied consumerism and rising political and cultural conservatismGary Indiana's plays, poems, and prose offer a needed alternative, independent approach to artistic production." — Eleanor Whitney, New York Foundation of theArts

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"...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

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" 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584350903
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hailed by The Guardian as "one of the most important chroniclers of the modern psyche," Gary Indiana is the author of a darkly satirical trilogy set in Southern California during the late 1990s: Resentment, Depraved Indifference and Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story. His 2008 novel Shanghai Gesture was praised by Bookforum as "structured delirium... an aesthete's hallucinatory folktale." He is also the author of two collections of essays, Utopia's Debris and Let It Bleed. Indiana teaches philosophy and literature at the New School in New York City.

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Table of Contents

America the Large 7

Hollywood Signs 9

Tough Broad, an Autobiography 17

One Said 20

Sex (1) 21

What's Wrong with Him 22

Proposed Plaque for the Port Authority 23

Introduction: The Theater of the Obvious 25

Alligator Girls Go to College 28

Jack by Popular Demand 66

Curse of the Dog People 70

Time Is the Echo of an Axe 93

Rock 'n' Roll Funeral Party, 1st night 97

Rock 'n' Roll Funeral Party, 2nd night 101

Summertime 104

Hyenas of Babylon 106

And a Putrid Time Was Had by All 111

I'm Dreaming of a White Hitler (Response to Patti) 113

Phone Call 114

Et Cetera 115

A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking 117

The Roman Polanski Story 154

Bomb Magazine Interview 185

You All Know What You're Here For 199

Success 203

If You Must Sit on the Face of Jesus 205

One More Night in the Land of Green Bananas 207

Phantoms of Louisiana 208

A Book of Strangers 259

Summer with Rita 265

Roy Cohn 275

Epilogue: The Five Percent Paradox 291

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