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Koestenbaum, Wayne. MY 1980S AND OTHER ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux/FSG Originals, 2013. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 320 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published as an FSG Originals title in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The book is very beautifully produced and features Andy Warhol's iconic Polaroid portrait of Debby Harry on the cover. Presents Wayne Koestenbaum's "retro" glance at the formative decade of his writing life (he is that rare thing, a poet and a critic), which also happens to be the most crucial decade of the late-20th century. "Impossible lovechild from a late-night, drunken three-way between Joan Didion, Roland Barthes, and Susan Sontag, Wayne Koestenbaum brings together a hyper-literate collection of manifestos, essays, and disclosures that wrestle with a series of prominent cultural figures - Koestenbaum's lodestars - and blur the boundary between academic and personal" (Publisher's blurb). A "kaleidoscopic intellectual autobiography" of the first rank, we come to know Koestenbaum, as we do every great critic/commentator, through his passions and obsessions. "Interests" doesn't quite do justice in his case, and Koestenbaum has an authoritative voice and presence: We not only hear but see him on every page. His style re-defines "threshold" in that it is reassuringly predictable and "come-from-nowhere", disruptively unpredictable at the same time. His range is staggering: James Schuyler, Roberto Bolano, Cindy Sherman, and Brigitte Bardot, among so many others. His homages to his personal gods (who are frequently goddesses: Anna Moffo, with whom he is practically identified, Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, ditto) are idiosyncratic, brilliant, and moving. His essays on popular culture will put Camille Paglia in the shade. As insightful as Paglia could be, Koestenbaum tops her because his flamboyance is irresistible whereas Paglia's pugnaciousness, a sign of insecurity, can be tiresome in the end. "An intellectual high-wire act that rarely falters" (Kirkus). An absolute "must-have" title for Wayne Koestenbaum, literature, film, and popular culture aficionado/collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Wayne Koestenbaum. Koestenbaum made a one-time-only appearance in New York City to launch the book and signed very few copies. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living critics. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WAYNE KOESTENBAUM TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374533776. $90.00

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