Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992

Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992

Among The Village Voices 25 favourite Books of 2006

Winner of the 2007 AAUP e-book, Jacket, and magazine convey within the alternate Illustrated booklet layout category.

Sometime after Andy Warhol’s heyday yet ahead of Soho grew to become a vacationer seize, a gaggle of poets, punk rockers, guerilla reporters, graffiti artists, writers, and activists reworked decrease new york into an inventive scene so various it turned identified easily as “Downtown.“ Willfully unpolished and subversively clever, figures equivalent to Spalding grey, Kathy Acker, Richard Hell, David Wojnarowicz, Lynne Tillman, Miguel Piñero, and Eric Bogosian broke unfastened from mainstream publishing to provide a flood of fiction, poetry, experimental theater, artwork, and song that breathed the lifetime of the street.

The first e-book to seize the spontaneity of the Downtown literary scene, Up Is Up, yet So Is Down collects greater than one hundred twenty five photographs and over eighty texts that surround the main very important paintings produced among 1974 and 1992. Reflecting the novel genres that marked this era, the e-book comprises flyers, zines, newsprint weeklies, publication covers, and pictures of individuals and the town, lots of them the following made to be had to readers outdoors the scene for the 1st time. The book's notable and quirky design—complete with 2-color interior—brings each one of those precise records and pictures to life.

Brandon Stosuy arranges this highly diversified fabric chronologically to demonstrate the dynamic perspectives at play. he's taking us from poetry readings in Alphabet urban to happenings at Darinka, a decrease East facet house and function house, to the St. Mark's bookstall, unofficial crossroads of the counterculture, the place home-printed copies of the most recent zines have been bought in Ziploc baggage. frequently attacking the bourgeois irony epitomized through the New Yorker’s brief fiction, Downtown writers performed ebulliently with shape and content material, intercourse and language, generating paintings that depicted the underbelly of genuine life.

With an afterword via Downtown icons Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles, Up Is Up, yet So Is Down gathers nearly two decades of latest York City’s smartest and such a lot explosive—as good as demanding to find—writing, offering an integral archive of 1 of the main interesting inventive scenes in U.S. history.

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