Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction

April 8, 2021
Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction

"The 21 artists, who share their stories of madness,trauma, addiction, abuse and self-destruction, and theirrelationship to art, leave no vulnerable detailunwritten."—ShamelessA visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive andcreative forces, Live Through This is a collection oforiginal stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores theuse of art to survive abuse, incest, madness and depression, andthe often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction includingcutting, eating disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our mostcompelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, andburlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can bothmotivate and destroy women artists, and mark a path for survival.Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest andhopeful journey through a woman's silent rage, through the powerinherent in struggles with destruction, and the ensuingpossibilities of transforming that burning force into the externalrelease of art.With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith,Cristy C. Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens,Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire MadiganShive, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman,Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.