Live Through This: On Creativity & Self-Destruction

When: Back to Calendar » May 10, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Now in its second edition, with a foreword by Amanda Palmer and contributions from comedian Margaret Cho and street artist Swoon, Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction is an unprecedented, intimate exploration of self-destruction and creativity with supporting works by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Eileen Myles, and others.

Join the editor of Live Through This, Sabrina Chap at The Last Bookstore for a reading from the book, as well as a multimedia presentation and discussion.

A visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive and creative forces,  Live Through This is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the use of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through a woman’s silent rage, through the power inherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuing possibilities of transforming that burning force into the external release of art.

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