Delighted to have had the opportunity to sit down with Dale Peck to discuss his latest book, Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age In The Age of AIDS, for Bookforum. Together we discussed illness as metaphor, the mediatization of AIDS in the era of ’90s talk shows, Jeffrey Dahmer, “ongoingness,” and sex as a way to stop time, amongst many other topics. For the full interview, click here: http://www.bookforum.com/interview/14542
Dale Peck is not known for understatement. His reviews, collected under the title Hatchet Jobs, earned him a reputation as one of the most scathing critics of his generation’s revered literary voices.Peck’s 1993 debut novel, Martin and John, was released as Fucking Martin in the UK. His 2009 YA book, Sprout, went on to earn him the Lambda Award for LGBT Young Adult Literature and was a finalist for the Stonewall Book Award. His forthcoming work of nonfiction, Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS, recently landed on my doorstep as an advance review copy. Interested in the title, as I too was at work on a book that is in part about the early ’90s, I devoured Peck’s memoir in two sittings. How could anyone, I thought, write a book that seemed such an unapologetic and deeply pleasurable blend of Kathy Acker and Theodor Adorno? The book’s mélange of theory and anecdote was bracing. Recently, Peck and I sat down to talk about illness as metaphor, the mediatization of AIDS in the era of ’90s talk shows, Jeffrey Dahmer, and much more.