About The Book
Included in the anthology are writings by Ameena Meer, David Wojnarowicz, Hubert Selby Jr., Herbert Huncke, and Richard Hell, as well as photographs by Annie Sprinkle, Nan Goldin, and Robert Frank.
“Hollander, who founded The Portable Lower East Side in 1983 and edited it throughout its 10-year history, gathers 40 of the magazine’s gritty, memorable short stories, articles and photographs into an interesting, if inconsistent, collection. Hollander baldly asserts the magazine’s principle political objectives in his brief introduction: to publish ‘work by those who are more than just writers, this is cop killers, geographers, porno stars, musicians, political dissidents, AIDS activists, transvestites, and junkies . . . outsider writing from an insider’s perspective.’ But the collection is best when the ‘outsiders’ are, in fact, writers. Works by noted authors Grace Paley, Hubert Selby, Alexander Trocchi and David Wojnarowicz, as well as relative newcomers Kelvin Christopher Janes and Adrienne Tien, poignantly explore an unpredictable diversity and range of New York City’s margins.” —Publishers Weekly
“A welcome opportunity for book readers to discover the pleasures of a periodical that was to the Reagan-Bush era what Evergreen Review was to the 1950s. . . . This groundbreaking volume’s artistic merit is indisputable.” —Kirkus Reviews