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Enter at Your Own Risk: The Dangerous Art of Dennis Cooper Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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In the first place, the scope of this assemblage supersedes anything else out there with a previously unpublished essay by William S. Burroughs,an interview with the great film maker, John Waters and an astonishing array of critical essays that provide challenging assessments and previously unexplored insights into Cooper's work and its importance in a range of fields from the plastic arts, to literature, to comic books, to film and beyond.
Lev's editing, which helps to give a solid sense of shape and order to the varied contents of the volume, is only surpassed by the cogent and articulate evaluation of Cooper's work contained in her highly enjoyable essay "Sacred Disorder of the Mind: Sublimity, Desire Police, and Dennis Cooper's Hallucination of Words." The, at times terrifying, exploration of sex, sexuality, gender and popular culture undertaken by Lev is compelling and engaging if not also a little unsettling, just like Cooper himself. To be sure, if you haven't read Cooper before reading her essay, you will surely be left wanting to read him after finishing Lev's work.
The contributions of other authors, among them James Annesley, Dodie Bellamy, Earl Jackson, Jr. and Michael Cunningham, to name but a few, are as interesting as they are relevant to any of us who consider literature, even from the very edge of the literary world,both life-giving and essentially formative to our culture at large.Read more ›