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Wait for me at the Bottom of the Pool: the Writings of Jack Smith (High Risk) [Paperback]

Edward Leffingwell , J. Hoberman


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1 Jun 1997 High Risk
During thirty years of astonishing activity as a filmmaker, photographer and performer, Jack Smith produced a body of creative, antic writing that intersects and transcends the genres of hothouse fantasy, criticism and social comment. Bringing together long unavailable essays, performance scripts, interviews and other material, Wait for me at the Bottom of the Pool reveals the ideas and personality of an artist whose distinctive vision has influenced generations of filmmakers and performance artists. With caustic wit, Smith praises the performances of Maria Montez as well as the sculpture of Walter de Maria, examines the cult success of Reefer Madness and the uses of pornography, and discusses the perils of democracy, the evils of property and the police state, art history and architecture.

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J. Hoberman was born in New York and grew up reading The Village Voice where he has been the senior film critic since 1988. He teaches in the Humanities Division at Cooper Union, co-edited Wait For Me at the Bottom of the Pool: The Writings of Jack Smith, and is the author of half a dozen books, including Midnight Movies (written with Jonathan Rosenbaum), Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, Vulgar Modernism: Writing on Movies and Other Media, and The Red Atlantis: Communist Culture in the Absence of Communism.

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