I Remember by Joe Brainard

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In a book which uniquely captures 1950's America, Brainard constructs the story of his life through a series of brief entries, each beginning with the words "I remember," and continues with observations about family, film stars, lust, and the astonishing New York culture into which he moved to from Tulsa at the age of 18.
 

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Joe Brainard (1942-1994) left Tulsa at eighteen for New York City and soon became a part of the thriving downtown art scene and the New York School of poets and painters. Over his career, Brainard created a prodigious body of work, distinguished by its breadth, originality, and rare alchemy of sensuality and precision, sophistication and sweetness. Admired for his writing as well as his visual art, Brainard wrote the legendary and beloved memoir I REMEMBER, which was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Paul Auster and inspired George Perec's Je me souviens. Brainard's drawings, assemblages, collages, and paintings are in private and museum collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of America Art, and a major travelling retrospective was organized by the Berkeley Art Museum in 2001 and included a stop at MOMA P.S 1.
 
Published January 1, 1975 by Full Court Press. 138 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Out of print for a decade, these memoirs of the artist and writer who died of AIDS last year include a new afterword by Ron Padgett. (Apr.)

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Out of print for a decade, these memoirs of the artist and writer who died of AIDS last year include a new afterword by Ron Padgett.

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After the first few pages of Brainard’s book, with mentions of a cold glass of water after a bowl of ice cream and stuffing a sock in his underwear, it’s obvious that isn’t the case.

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