Queer and Loathing: Rants and Raves of a Raging AIDS Clone [NOOK Book]

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"This is as close to the truth as I can get," writes David Feinberg in what he calls his "personal Portrait of the Artist as a young Diseased Jew Fag Pariah"--a collection of autobiographical essays, gonzo journalism, and demented Feinbergian lists about AIDS activism and living, writing, and dying with AIDS.

With the startling blend of satiric wit, pathos, and heroism found in his acclaimed and iconoclastic novels, Feinberg--who died in 1994 at the age of 37--charts a harrowing journey down that ...

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Overview


"This is as close to the truth as I can get," writes David Feinberg in what he calls his "personal Portrait of the Artist as a young Diseased Jew Fag Pariah"--a collection of autobiographical essays, gonzo journalism, and demented Feinbergian lists about AIDS activism and living, writing, and dying with AIDS.

With the startling blend of satiric wit, pathos, and heroism found in his acclaimed and iconoclastic novels, Feinberg--who died in 1994 at the age of 37--charts a harrowing journey down that "HIV highway to hell." "This is AIDS literature for a new generation--funny, impertinent, sexy, and enlightening."--The Advocate.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Novelist Feinberg Eighty-Sixed brings together an unsettling but frequently affecting collection of autobiographical essays and miscellaneous pieces originally published in the Advocate, Details and other publications about living with AIDS. Sometimes Feinberg's attempts at black humor merely confirm Edmund White's contention that joking about AIDS is to attempt in vain to domesticate it; an essay on etiquette for the HIV-positive begins, ``Avoid bleeding in public.'' Less facile are the more autobiographical pieces, complex blends of rage, despair and wit. Of his relationship with a friend who is HIV-negative, Feinberg writes, ``Sometims I feel like damaged goods. He has a fifty-year warrantee, and I'm stuck with a failed inspection slip in my shirt pocket.'' Nov.
Library Journal
The author of the autobiographical novels Eighty-Sixed LJ 11/1/88 and Spontaneous Combustion LJ 10/1/91 offers 36 essays dating from 1989 to 1994, some of which have been delivered as talks and/or appeared in such gay publications as Gay Community News, QW, Out, and the Advocate. Feinberg writes, "I would probably literally go mad if I tried to deal with AIDS at face value, without the filter of humor." His anger and impatience with hypocrisy and ignorance is palpable as he tears with biting sarcasm, bitter irony, and bitchy insight into issues of love, friendship, ACT-UP demonstrations, doctors, death, drugs, and T-cells in essays such as "Memorials from Hell," "Etiquette for the HIV-Antibody Positive," and "How To Make a Will." Vibrant and caustic, this "Eighties gonzo journalism" from a New York, Jewish, HIV-positive gay perspective is a devas- tatingly powerful personal statement.-James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Whitney Scott
In his nonfiction debut, a collection of autobiographical essays chronicling their author's descent into HIV hell, Feinberg merges irreverent humor, incisive observation of all things political, and grim documentation of physical deterioration. Included with manic lists of "100 Ways You Can Fight the AIDS Crisis," "Sex Tips for Boys" and, especially touchingly, of his life regrets are notes on waiting for the end of the world, documentation of his fiendishly multiplying warts as well as diminishing T-cells and consequent official classification as a person with AIDS, and the entry that gives the book its title, his gonzo-journalistic recollections of his part in the 1988 ACT-UP seizure of the Federal Drug Administration's headquarters. Though maybe a bit too long and tedious for some tastes, that essay establishes the book's overall tone--a compound of rage, desperation, and courage that in the piece itself resounds from a background of governmental bureaucracy and demonstrators' factionalism and in-fighting, all heavily laced with black humor. "Faced with the AIDS crisis," Feinberg writes, "sometimes one laughs to avoid crying."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101161715
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 883,941
  • File size: 501 KB

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Queer and Loathing at the FDA: Revolt of the Perverts 3
Etiquette for the HIV-Antibody-Positive 57
Notes from the Front Lines: Writing about AIDS 62
Tales from the Front 71
Direct Mail from Hell 75
Sex Tips for Boys 80
AIDS and Humor 84
April Fools 90
Bleeding Gums from Hell 95
100 Ways You Can Fight the AIDS Crisis 102
Cocktails from Hell 109
Nam Yoho Renge Kyo 115
Needles and Pins 117
Notes on Sex 126
Waiting for the End of the World 131
Warts from Hell 140
The Day from Hell 151
The Canals of Mars 154
How to Visit Someone in the Hospital with a Terminal Disease 160
Memorials from Hell 162
How to Make a Will 169
Everything You Do Is Wrong 171
Miss Letitia Thing's New Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior for the Dying 175
A Season in Hell 177
David P. 198
On the Drip 204
The AIDS Clone vs. the New Clone 217
Wide Sargasso Sea 220
Notes on Death 233
You Can't Wear a Red Ribbon If You're Dead 235
Death before Forty 240
The Gastronomic Me 245
Ethical Suicide Alternatives 251
Political Funerals 254
Death Be Not Proud 266
Regrets 268
The Last Piece 273
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