Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction
Now in its second edition, with a foreword by Amanda Palmer and new contributions from comedian Margaret Cho and street artist Swoon, Live Through This is an unprecedented, intimate exploration of self-destruction and creativity by some of our most daring writers and artists.
A visceral look at the bizarre entanglement of destructive and creative forces, Live Through This is a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography. It explores the uses of art to overcome abuse, incest, madness, and depression, and the often deep-seated impulse toward self-destruction including cutting, easting disorders, and addiction. Here, some of our most compelling cartoonists, novelists, poets, dancers, playwrights, and burlesque performers traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and mark the path to survival. Taken together, these artful reflections offer an honest and hopeful journey through a woman's silent rage, through the ways struggles with destruction can be empowering, and the ensuing possibilities for transforming that burning force into external release as art.
"For women whose talents include a canny ability to self-annihilate, this book is a tonic. Read it and weep. Literally." —Jennifer Baumgardner