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Riassunto: A collection of essays about AIDS activism and living with AIDS details the author's experiences in the 1988 ACT UP seizure of FDA headquarters, presents no-holds-barred descriptions of his symptoms, and offers his opinion about Larry Kramer. 15,000 first printing.
From Kirkus Reviews: Feinberg's reflections on AIDS are often annoying and mediocre, frequently witty, and sometimes deeply disturbing. Novelist Feinberg (Eighty-Sixed, 1989) starts out unpromisingly. The first and title essay of the collection is burdened by zeitgeist clich‚s (e.g., ``I plead the Twinkie defense''), patronizing scorn for the reader's supposed ``bleeding liberal heart,'' overuse of italics for emphasis, and insights more appropriate to a T-shirt than an essay (``Reality is for people who can't cope with drugs''). After that piece, though, the writing picks up. With dark humor and rage, Feinberg brings us to ACT UP meetings and demonstrations and recounts the deaths, funerals, and memorial services of his friends. He also chronicles his own physical decay in unsparing detail; some of these sections are so visceral that they are hard to read. In lighter moments, he reflects on red ribbons, the gym, and the etiquette of HIV disclosure. Though Feinberg's humor can fall flat, most of the essays have their moments: At one point he muses, ``Gays call straights breeders...I'm sure we'll come up with a derogatory term for neggies [HIV-negative people] soon enough: Aseptic? Hermetically sealed?'' His rudeness can be delightful; on a bus, he tells some young people pondering the meaning of life to keep it down, ``because some of us are thirty and we have already had these conversations.'' Sometimes his campy, flippant style seems trivializing, but it can be highly appropriate, as when he exposes the cynical selling of AIDS, from criminally insensitive direct- mail campaigns for AIDS organizations (one group's letter begins ``Before he died, he asked me to mail this to you'') to LifeStyle Urns (cremation urns marketed specifically to people with AIDS and their survivors--some even come engraved with a lambda symbol). Despite this collection's title, Feinberg is no Hunter S. Thompson, but he does have an effective, biting edge. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1994. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Codice libro della libreria GRP8562820
Descrizione libro Viking Adult, 1994. Condizione libro: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP14868945
Descrizione libro Viking Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Codice libro della libreria 2749795178
Descrizione libro Viking Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2749834443
Descrizione libro Viking Adult. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Codice libro della libreria 2780441637
Descrizione libro Viking USA. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G0670857661I3N00
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Descrizione libro Viking USA. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Codice libro della libreria G0670857661I4N10
Descrizione libro Viking USA. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Codice libro della libreria G0670857661I3N00
Descrizione libro Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Codice libro della libreria G0670857661I3N00