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George & Martha
by Karen Finley
George and Martha meet in a seedy motel room on the night before the Republican National Convention. Their affair goes way back, before George stole the election, before Martha built an empire on fascist domesticity. As usual, George numbs his pain over waging perpetual war with cocaine and the promise of kinky sex. Martha is forced to take a long view of her life as she s ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Verso
(first published 2006)
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Such an odd book, which apparently began as a two person play. I love the jokey premise--Martha Stewart and George W. Bush are having a clandestine love affair--but beyond the basic joke, kind of dull. The echoes of Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" are clever but the book didn't really work for me. Finley has wonderful drawings sprinkled throughout the book and they were my favorite part!
KAREN FINLEYs raw and transgressive performances have long provoked controversy and debate. She has appeared and exhibited her visual art, performances, and plays internationally. The author of many books including A Different Kind of Intimacy , George & Martha , and Shock Treatment , she is a professor at the Tisch School of Art and Public Policy at NYU.More about Karen Finley...