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Live through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction


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Inspiration, ultimately, is what this visceral book is about.--Bay WindowsLive Through This answers the age-old question tortured, complex artists wrestle with: 'Why don't you write about it?' These writers do. They take centre stage and take up the space they've learned they deserve. Women's and cultural studies students, take note. --Now TorontoAs a whole, the collection posits a hopeful message: that while the quirks and sensitivities of a creative mind often seem predisposed to depression, they are also the exact qualities that provide a special set of tools with which to find a way through the darkest moments.--Bust MagazineCaptivating, 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

With more esteemed names than can be listed...this book will gather no dust on your bookshelf.--Curve Magazine

In a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography, Nan Goldin, Eileen Myles, bell hooks, and other cutting-edge artists explore their use of art to survive madness, abuse, incest, depression, and the impulse toward self-destruction manifest in eating disorders, cutting, addiction, and contemplation of suicide. The book confronts the brutality many women and girls encounter in the world around them, and bravely takes as its subject the often misunderstood violence they at times inflict upon themselves.

The diverse array of contributors here--novelists, poets, cartoonists, dancers, photographers, playwrights, burlesque performers--traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and they mark a path for survival. Together they show that creative women are not destined to the fate of lost visionaries such as Woolf, Sexton, Arbus, and Plath. Live Through This is a fearless exploration of women's silent rage, the power that can come from internal struggle, and the possibility of transforming this burning force into fierce and enlightened work.

With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.

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, editor of the zine Cliterature: 18 Interviews with Women Writers, and her plays, including Perhaps Merely Quiet, have been produced in the United States and Europe.

Product Details

Seven Stories Press
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Chapadjiev, Sabrina
Chapadjiev, Sabrina
Social Science : Feminism & Feminist Theory
Social Science : Essays
Social Science : Gender Studies
Psychology : Psychopathology - Addiction
Publication Date:
May 2010

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Individual Artists » Essays
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Recovery and Addiction » General
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

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