New York: TVRT Press, 1978. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
First edition of postmodernist writer and performance artist Kathy Acker's early fiction. Writing in the form of a “cut-up” novel, Acker brings together fragments of pop-culture, politics, and theory through the perspective of the French painter Lautrec, in female incarnation. The deformed and love-starved Lautrec recounts her life to Van Gogh at a brothel. “I’m so unbearably desirous needy I can’t think about art. Who can think about art in this miserable city? I think about sex so much my art must be sex.” Originally published in 1975 as a small series of chapbooks, this edition is the first complete volume. Cover designed by Laurie Jewell Wegman, with black-and-white illustrations throughout by William Wegman. Some soiling and wear to wraps, a few small stains throughout textblock, page 45 creased. A very good copy of a scarce publication. Item #7926