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By the controversial artist and writer, this work is a powerful, iconoclastic, and intimate memoir of what it is like to be gay and have AIDS in America. In this provocative work, Wojnarowicz challenges the fearful and reactionary responses of society to AIDS patients and to homosexuality in general, assailing all forms of censorship, infringement of rights, and, most of all, what he calls the "fear of diversity in America."
PRAISE FOR Close to the Knives:
"Wojnarowicz is brilliantly attuned to American talk and responsive to the moods and innovations of society's truants. He also has the best conscience of any writer I know. This fierce, erotic, haunting, truthful book should be given to every teenager immediately."
"Wojnarowicz's writing fairly smokes with acrid ironies. It's passionate and personal."
"Everyone should read Close to the Knives to understand the overall political agenda behind suffering, whether that suffering occurs because of a dysfunctional family, religion, or government. Wojnarowicz explores all of his painful life experiences as a plea for all of us to become more compassionate and caring human beings. This isn't just David's story, it's our story, our nation's story."