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Poetry. LGBT Studies. Speaking directly to the pop icon's ghost, Megan Volpert dives into a completely charted yet utterly unknown ocean that is Andy Warhol. The resulting collection of love letters and hate mail audaciously perforates the scene of the usual cultural suspects with icy shrapnel in a terrifying mirror game. This is not a biography, but a book that reflects Andy—detects him, the Andy who deflects. Working into territory that channels the essay as its more radical practitioners imagine, Megan revives the prose poem and rethinks herself. As the idea of a "real" Andy begins to decay, the author learns to invent him and discovers herself everywhere. Remaking this mythic man in the image of her own baggage, Megan gives us her most personal writing to date and a striking truth: everybody becomes Andy.

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ISBN: 9781937420079
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The purpose of a mix tape is to evoke certain feelings in the listener by archiving a set of songs the listener will for whatever personal reason associate with particular moments in time that are linked to these feelings. In general, the mix tape can be viewed as an emotional salve, either a soothing presence or a generator of energy and excitement. Occasionally however, the mix tape is meant to chart the entire course of a person’s life, as a sort of greatest hits or magnum opus. Thusly, Andy, please enjoy your 58 years boiled down to fifty-seven minutes and fifty-one seconds.

But you cannot enjoy it; it’s too suspenseful. You already sense the potential badness, the caughtness of moments meant to be filed far away. To temporarily allay your fears, we will begin with The Velvet Underground and Nico’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, which is a tribute to you and supposedly your favorite song. But then it is followed crushingly with David Bowie’s Andy Warhol, also meant as a tribute to you that you nevertheless despised.

And what costume shall the poor girl wear to all tomorrow’s parties? Andy Warhol looks a scream. She’ll turn once more to Sunday’s clown and cry behind the door. Hang him on my wall. For Thursday’s child is Sunday’s clown, for whom none will go mourning. Andy Warhol, Silver Screen, can't tell them apart at all.

Mack the Knife, with lyrics originally composed by Bertolt Brecht for The Threepenny Opera, premiered the year you were born and has in common with All Tomorrow’s Parties that it has been subsequently covered by every musician under the sun. The day you expired, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer was number one on the Billboard charts, as it had been since Valentine’s Day of 1987. Bon Jovi’s merchandise includes an eco-friendly Warhol Heart and Dagger t-shirt.

Gina dreams of running away. Just a jackknife has old MacHeath, babe, and he keeps it out of sight. You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got. Fancy gloves, though, wears old MacHeath, babe, so there’s never, never a trace of red. It’s tough, so tough. Now on the sidewalk, sunny morning, lies a body just oozing life. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not. Could it be our boy’s done something rash? We’ve got each other and that’s a lot for love. Five will get you ten, old Macky’s back in town. We’ll give it a shot. Yes, that line forms on the right, babe, now that Macky’s back in town. We’re half way there, living on a prayer. Look out, old Macky is back!

In 1964, you did the cover art for John Wallowitch’s album This is John Wallowitch. In the song I See the World Through Your Eyes, Wallowitch has a conversation with his late brother, Edward, who worked with you as a photographer. Lou Reed wrote a similar conversation with you, called Andy’s Chest, that appears on the Transformer album produced by David Bowie, in between the songs Vicious and Perfect Day.

If the last time you were here things were a bit askew, well, you know what happens after dark when rattlesnakes lose their skins and their hearts, and all the missionaries lose their bark. And even though I know you’re gone and I’m wrong, I still expect to see your face in the throng and I still see the world through your eyes. Kingdom’s Christian soldiers, dear, for you. You’re living somewhere inside of me. Curtains laced with diamonds, dear, for you. And I still hear the sound of your voice.

A mix tape can be organized chronologically or thematically, depending on the best method of achieving maximum emotional effect. Especially when meant to address an entire life span, the tape can and should utilize both of these structuring principles.

Despite Mick Jagger’s incomparable aloofness, you did two covers for The Rolling Stones as a means of amusing Bianca Jagger. In 1971, it was Sticky Fingers, whose giant, iconic hard-on pressing up against tight blue jeans pretty well sums up