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 publication, Jacket, and magazine express within the exchange Illustrated e-book layout category.

Sometime after Andy Warhol’s heyday yet sooner than Soho turned a vacationer capture, a gaggle of poets, punk rockers, guerilla newshounds, graffiti artists, writers, and activists remodeled reduce new york into a creative scene so various it grew to become recognized easily as “Downtown.“ Willfully unpolished and subversively clever, figures resembling Spalding grey, Kathy Acker, Richard Hell, David Wojnarowicz, Lynne Tillman, Miguel Piñero, and Eric Bogosian broke unfastened from mainstream publishing to supply a flood of fiction, poetry, experimental theater, paintings, and tune 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 a 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 ebook contains flyers, zines, newsprint weeklies, publication covers, and images of individuals and town, a lot of them the following made to be had to readers outdoors the scene for the 1st time. The book's amazing and quirky design—complete with 2-color interior—brings each one of those particular records and pictures to life.

Brandon Stosuy arranges this highly different fabric chronologically to demonstrate the dynamic perspectives at play. he is taking us from poetry readings in Alphabet urban to happenings at Darinka, a reduce East aspect condo and function area, to the St. Mark's bookstore, unofficial crossroads of the counterculture, the place home-printed copies of the newest zines have been bought in Ziploc luggage. frequently attacking the bourgeois irony epitomized by way of 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 by way of Downtown icons Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles, Up Is Up, yet So Is Down gathers nearly two decades of recent York City’s smartest and so much explosive—as good as not easy to find—writing, delivering an crucial archive of 1 of the main interesting creative scenes in U.S. history.

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