No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol (Rewriting Andy Warhol)

October 30, 2020
No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol (Rewriting Andy Warhol)

When Andy Warhol's a, A Novel was first published in1968, The New York Times Book Review declared it "pornographic."Yet over four decades later, a continues to be an essentialdocumentation of Warhol's seminal Factory scene. And though thebook offers a pop art snapshot of 1960s Manhattan that only Warholcould capture, it remains a challenging read. Comprised entirely ofunedited transcripts of recorded conversations taped in and aroundthe Warhol Factory, the original book's tone varies from freneticto fascinating, unintelligible to poetic.No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol by LizWorth attempts to change that, by appropriating the original textand turning each page into a unique poem. In remixing a into poetryusing only words and phrases from each piece's specified page,Worth sets the scene for the reader, not unlike eavesdropping in anall-night diner, with poetry full of voices competing to be heard,hoping for just a sliver of attention at the end of a long,desperate night.True to Worth's style, the poems in this collection hiss and popwith confessional whispers while maintaining the raw, distortedqualities originally captured on tape and documented in a, ANovel. Warhol fans, archivists, and academics, as well asreaders of confessional and conceptual poetry and fiction, willjump at the chance to be a part of the Factory in-crowd in NoWork Finished Here.