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Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol) By Breanne Fahs,

  • Title: Valerie Solanas: The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM (and Shot Andy Warhol)
  • Author: Breanne Fahs
  • ISBN: 9781558618480
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Too drastic, too crazy, too out there, too early, too late, too damaged, too much Valerie Solanas has been dismissed but never forgotten She has become, unwittingly, a figurehead for women s unexpressed rage, and stands at the center of many worlds She inhabited Andy Warhol s Factory scene, circulated among feminists and the countercultural underground, charged men monToo drastic, too crazy, too out there, too early, too late, too damaged, too much Valerie Solanas has been dismissed but never forgotten She has become, unwittingly, a figurehead for women s unexpressed rage, and stands at the center of many worlds She inhabited Andy Warhol s Factory scene, circulated among feminists and the countercultural underground, charged men money for conversation, despised daddy s girls, and outlined a vision for radical gender dystopia.Known for shooting Andy Warhol in 1968 and for writing the polemical diatribe SCUM Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto, Solanas is one of the most famous women of her era SCUM Manifesto which predicted ATMs, test tube babies, the Internet, and artificial insemination long before they existed has sold copies, and has been translated into languages, than nearly all other feminist texts of its time.Shockingly little work has interrogated Solanas s life This book is the first biography about Solanas, including original interviews with family, friends and enemies , and numerous living Warhol associates It reveals surprising details about her life the children nearly no one knew she had, her drive for control over her own writing and copyright, and her elusive personal and professional relationships.Valerie Solanas addresses how this era changed the world and depicts an iconic figure whose life is at once tragic and remarkable Solanas lived a life generally relegated by society to the margins poor, female, queer, crazy Fahs resists the impulse of speculation, the desire to turn Solanas into a comedic or tragic tableau Fahs situates Solanas in a larger culture and society that helps us to understand the complexities of her character and actions Valerie Solanas is a biography of a compelling, charismatic, contemptible, and incorrigible woman It is a biography of the effects of class in the United States on one woman s life It is also the biography of an artist Julie Enszer, Lambda Literary Review Breanne Fahs is an associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, a practicing clinical psychologist, and the author of Performing Sex and The Moral Panics of Sexuality.
    Valerie Solanas The Defiant Life of the Woman Who Wrote SCUM and Shot Andy Warhol Too drastic too crazy too out there too early too late too damaged too much Valerie Solanas has been dismissed but never forgotten She has become unwittingly a figurehead for women s unexpress

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    1. A great piece of journalism about a fascinating subject I read this book because I had always thought the SCUM Manifesto was meant to be satire, but I was never quite sure I still don t know, but I have a lot to think about Fahs reconstructs history, we see New York artic artistic and radical as it was in the 60s and 70s The terror of Solanas shooting Warhol and her slow descent into paranoid schizophrenia A sad but relevant book for understanding the history of radical feminism in the United St [...]

    2. Es una estupenda biograf a bien reporteada, con muchos datos nuevos, elogiosa de lo admirable y tambi n franca en lo m s pat tico, sin moralismos sobre una persona casi incre blemente enigm tica Ilustra muy bien el cruce de Solanas con la Factory de Andy Warhol y el naciente feminismo radical de los a os sesenta De la primera que el periodismo casi siempre ha descrito con encandilada admiraci n , aqu no hay problemas de hablar sobre su esencial frivolidad, clasismo, discriminaci n por aspecto y [...]

    3. I have to appreciate Fahs ambition in even attempting to write a biography of someone as elusive and controversial as Valerie Solanas Fahs contextualizes Solanas thoroughly, and is hesitant to extrapolate claims based on the small amount of available information While this may be off putting to some, I thought it was almost refreshingly honest, and since this is the first comprehensive biography of Solanas, one has to start from somewhere However, I didn t like the author s tendency to repeat he [...]

    4. It s great to finally have this biography of Solanas It s well researched and engaging and really leaves it up to the reader what to take away from Solanas Who was she Radical feminist Satirist Genius The bio wavers a bit in the sections after the shooting if Warhol with lots and lots of psychiatric reports that made my eyes swim but do shed light not only on Solanas but how we have failed and still fail to properly treat the mentally ill Filled with great anecdotes, this is a great read for peo [...]

    5. A comprehensive look at a troubled and unique woman She had revolutionary ideas and lived on the fringes of society I struggle to reconcile the fact that Valerie herself would not have wanted this book written about her I found it good to read about a woman breaking society s expectations, and perhaps it would be better composed if there was context to her words and actions There definitely is some, but I would like about the New York characters that filled many years of her life.

    6. This book was fantastic i couldn t put it down I highly recommend it We all need to remember feminism in the 70s Valerie Solanas is a fascinating person, and this book is so well written, the words just slide into your brain This is the book I read for week one of the Feminist Press read a thon If anyone would like to sponsor me and raise funds for the non profit Feminist Press, here is my page firstgiving fundraiser

    7. This is an excellent biography Fahs constructs a great biographical narrative about Solanas and her influence on early feminists The story is both inspiring and tragic I hope this book and other scholarship will help us to reassess Solanas.

    8. Interesting book Gives insight to a potentially crazy woman s thought process A lot of history and a unique story.

    9. Oh, gracious, Valerie Solanas, you were so wonderful and prophetic and bad ass and tragic I knew I had to read this biography when A, I found out about the SCUM Manifesto and 2, heard people talking about Valerie by the way she smelled Not bad, but her odor, people would mention her distinct and remarkable odor when speaking of her Oh to be a human that people know by their smell Clearly there is something very animalistic about her very being in the world I had to read the only biography true a [...]

    10. I read this because I was working a conference with this as a featured book author and I forgot my own reading book boo I finished it over my lunch breaks It sucked me right in, honestly, and was a compelling narrative at times It was clearly exhaustively researched in a way that no one has addressed the topic before That said, there were some gaping holes in the narrative, and some repetitive episodes Maybe inevitable given the info available I wanted analysis, of the author s opinion, mode [...]

    11. I was amazed to hear that this is the only biography written about Valerie Solanis Breanne Fahs did exhaustive research and interviewing to create this deep dive into the confusing, scattered story of the creative life of her life It is also a slice of 1960 s New York History, a peek into the Factory of Andy Warhol, and a fascinating exploration and historical document of extreme 1960 s Feminism It s just as valuable for the interviews, which include amazing revolutionaries in the feminist movem [...]

    12. Clearly a labor of love, Fahs does double duty here One, she presents a full, in depth picture of Valerie Solanas, the tortured arguably feminist and arguably not author famous for shooting and nearly killing Andy Warhol in 1968 Thankfully, the story neither starts nor ends there nor should it, as Solanas was a fascinating character who led an interesting life She was very much into her writing, particularly her SCUM Manifesto She was driven by artists rights as much as her philosophy Two, Fahs [...]

    13. This is a great biography, presented without author commentary why is this so rare these days Highly recommended.

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