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The collected writings of Joe Brainard

Author: Joe Brainard; Ron Padgett; Paul Auster
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Library of America, Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Group (USA). [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Mixed form : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An artist associated with the New York School of poets, Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was a wonderful writer whose one-of-a-kind autobiographical work "I Remember" has had a wide and growing influence. It is joined in this major new retrospective with many other pieces that for the first time present the full range of Brainard's writing in all its deadpan wit, madcap inventiveness, self-revealing frankness, and
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Biography
Named Person: Joe Brainard; Joe Brainard; Joe Brainard
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Brainard; Ron Padgett; Paul Auster
ISBN: 9781598531497 1598531492 9781598532784 1598532782
OCLC Number: 731911805
Notes: "A special publication of the Library of America."
Description: xxviii, 541 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Editor's preface / by Ron Padgett --
Introduction / by Paul Auster --
I remember --
Self-portrait. Self-portrait on Christmas night --
Back in Tulsa again --
Saturday July 21st 1962 --
Diary Aug. 4th-15th --
The China Sea --
Picnic or yonder comes the blue --
A true story --
I like ["A happy glory to sky!"] --
I like ["I Joe"] --
The people --
Andy Warhol : Andy do it --
The man --
Marge --
Johnny --
Nancy ["It was coffee time"] --
Nancy ["Nancy was always handing me"] --
May dye --
Colgate dental cream --
Brunswick stew --
Sick art --
Sunday, July the 30th, 1964 --
Saturday, December the 11th, 1965 --
Van Gogh --
People of the world : relax! --
Ron Padgett --
January 26th, 1967 --
Pat --
August 29th, 1967 --
Jamaica 1968 --
What is money? --
Little-known facts about people --
Diary 1969 --
Diary 1969 (continued) --
Sex --
A special diary --
Some drawings of some notes to myself --
Death --
Autobiography --
Some train notes --
Diary 1970-71 --
December 22, 1970 --
1970 --
Queer bars --
Art --
Short story --
Life ["When I stop and think"] --
Rim of the desert --
How to be alone again --
Bolinas Journal --
Wednesday, July 7th, 1971 --
Selections from "Vermont journal : 1971" --
Fear --
White spots --
My favorite quotations --
Selections from "Self-portrait : 1971" --
from N.Y.C. journals : 1971-1972 --
Friday, June 16th, 1972 --
Tuesday, July 11th, 1972 --
What I did this summer --
Washington D.C. journal 1972 --
The gay way --
Matches --
Self-portrait (as a writer) if I was old and fat and wore hats --
Dirty prose --
Fantastic dream I had last night! --
If --
The friendly way --
The friendly way (continued) --
If I was God --
Ponder this --
Grandmother --
Night --
Neck --
30 one-liners --
The cigarette book --
Poem ["Sometimes"] --
No story --
Journals --
Before I die --
Right now --
Life ["The life of a human being is"] --
Stoned again --
A depressing thought --
Thirty --
Ten imaginary still lifes --
from 29 Mini-essays --
The outer banks --
Towards a better life (eleven exercises) --
Twenty-three mini-essays --
Religion --
Out in the Hamptons --
Nothing to write home about --
A state of the flowers report --
Jimmy Schuyler : a portrait --
January 13th --
Interviews. The Joe Brainard interview / by Tim Dlugos --
An interview with Joe Brainard / by Anne Waldman.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: introduction by Paul Auster ; Ron Padgett, editor.
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An artist associated with the New York School of poets, Joe Brainard (1942-1994) was a wonderful writer whose one-of-a-kind autobiographical work "I Remember" has had a wide and growing influence. It is joined in this major new retrospective with many other pieces that for the first time present the full range of Brainard's writing in all its deadpan wit, madcap inventiveness, self-revealing frankness, and generosity of spirit, gathering intimate journals, jottings, stories, one-liners, comic strips, mini-essays, and short plays, many of them available until now only as expensive rarities, if at all. "Brainard disarms us with the seemingly tossed-off, spontaneous nature of his writing and his stubborn refusal to accede to the pieties of self-importance," writes Paul Auster in the introduction to this collection. "These little works ... are not really about anything so much as what it means to be young, that hopeful, anarchic time when all horizons are open to us and the future appears to be without limits." Assembled by the author's longtime friend and biographer Ron Padgett and including fourteen previously unpublished works.

"In New York's vibrant art and poetry scenes of the 1960s and 70s, Joe Brainard occupied a special place. An artist of diverse and extraordinary gifts, he worked prolifically in a dazzling range of media, creating cover designs and interior art for some of the most significant books of the period and experimenting with the mixing of poetry and comic strips. The publication in 1970 of his one-of-a-kind autobiographical work I Remember showed that Brainard was also a writer of originality, grace, depth, and distinctive humor. I Remember has become a contemporary classic, of which the poet James Schuyler said: "It's a great work that will last and last--in other words, it is literature." Here in one volume is the full range of Joe Brainard's writing in all its deadpan wit, effortless inventiveness, personal candor, and generosity of spirit: the complete text of I Remember, along with an unprecedented gathering of intimate journals, stories, poems, travel diaries, one-liners, comic strips, mini-essays, and short plays, many of them until now available only in expensive, rare editions. Using apparently simple means to achieve complex and surprising effects, these works turn the most everyday experiences into occasions for startled contemplation. "Brainard disarms us with the seemingly tossed-off, spontaneous nature of his writing, and his stubborn refusal to accede to the pieties of self-importance," writes Paul Auster in his introduction to this collection. "These little works . . . are not really about anything so much as what it means to be young, that hopeful, anarchic time when all horizons are open to us and the future appears to be without limits." Assembled by the author's longtime friend and biographer Ron Padgett and presenting for the first time fourteen previously unpublished works, The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard provides long overdue recognition of a singular literary talent and a terrific person whom readers will come to love." -- Publisher's description

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