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Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

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Cookie Mueller (1949-1989) was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York's downtown art world. "Edgewise" tells the story ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Bbooks Verlag
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Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent and moving document of another time in American counterculture art and literature. Though the story of Cookie Mueller's awful loss to AIDS is--like so many stories about great people from that generation who fell to the disease--just crushing to absorb, the oral history format goes a long way toward capturing the spirit of a character whose life wouldn't have seemed full in a single-voice retelling. Passionately assembled by Chloé Griffin, someone with much of the same spirit of the ...more
Just when I was afraid that the only biographical book on the terminally underrated writer/actor/designer/muse/goddess Cookie Mueller was the exhaustively researched but weirdly antagonistic Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia that was published a few years ago, Chloe Griffin blesses the world with this amazing oral history of her life. Cookie Mueller was involved in so many different things and knew so many people, that I think the only way you could really do her life justice is with the oral history ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edgewise plunges the reader into a kaleidoscopic swirl of mid-late 20th century bohemia by focusing on the brilliant and charismatic free spirit, Cookie Mueller. The early part of the book gives a bit too much detail about her upbringing, but if you stick with it, the second half is unputdownable. Be prepared to sob a bit at the end as she's cut down far too young by AIDS, but also be prepared to get inspired. Cookie's physical body may be gone, but her spirit lives on - in this tour de force of ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing amazing amazing. I absolutely love oral histories and this is a new favourite. Chloe Griffin didn't just talk to everyone in Cookie Mueller's life from Baltimore to NYC to Positano, she created artwork and sought out the photos that go along with the reminiscences. Anyone interested in not just Cookie Mueller but also John Waters and the Baltimore dreamlanders, the NYC art scene of the 70s and 80s and how AIDS robbed the world of some of the most prolific and creative minds will be total ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been a Cookie Mueller fan since I was a teen. I pre-ordered this book and read it in about 3 days. Chloe Griffin did a great job and spent over six years researching her life and spending time with those that were closest to Cookie. The book chronicles her early days as a child and teen in Baltimore, to her days as a Dreamlander, and then her work in New York. Cookie seemed to live a life that was hers and hers alone and she did not compromise. She stayed true to herself and was a strong ...more
Phil Overeem
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Essential. Now if all her writings would be anthologized!
Jan Stinchcomb
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Cookie Mueller was an actor, a writer, a mom, an advice columnist, and an irrepressible glamour girl in the New York art scene of the ‘80s. I first noticed Cookie Mueller in a photograph in Nan Goldin’s book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. It was a picture of Cookie at her wedding to Vittorio Scarpati, but it was the kind of wedding photograph you don’t often see: unstaged, with the bride dissolving in tears of joy. I had to know who she was.
Chloé Griffin’s book is a series of interviews with
Tod Wodicka
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“Quite possibly the best history of New York’s much-reprised ‘last avant-garde’ of the 1980s, Edgewise reinvents the inspired amateurism of Mueller’s work, and also creates unforgettable portraits of John Waters’s Baltimore and Provincetown in the 1970s, ‘when the water was still clean.’”

—CHRIS KRAUS, author of I Love Dick and Summer of Hate
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Jack Sargeant
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
good oral history of Cookie and simultaneously offers insights (albeit brief) to NYC in 70s/80s, Ptown in 60s / 70s, etc.
Darren Mitton
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting picture of a time & place..
Noa Whitlow
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. I've always been fascinated with Cookie and this book only fueled that fire.
Izzy Strazzabosco
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing book about one of my favorite humans. this book is so vivid and gives such a beautiful well rounded picture of her. it makes me happy that her legacy is preserved in this way <3
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
A very thorough examination of Cookie Mueller and the many scenes she was a part of and influenced. Composed of mostly gratuitous information about how Cookie was well liked (and very well protected) by her friends. I liked this book but there was a lot of reading between the lines. I do appreciate that all these people who are seen as deviant horrifying satan worshipers spoke so candidly but never tried to throw her under the bus. This is how you write a memoir that is respectful and honest.

Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the most touching and intimate biography (memoir, scrapbook, diary, short story collection, etc...) I have ever read. Chloe Griffin did not write a portrait of Cookie Mueller, it is indeed, a "picture". It is not staged or well-lit. It is raw and natural just like Cookie. This is a must-read for any counter-culture enthusiast, John Waters fan, or just plain freak. 5+ stars!
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Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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One of the most wonderful touching books I have ever read in my life.

Cookie has always been both an icon and inspiration of mine, in so many ways I see myself in her, and it was wonderful to have here full,vivacious and beautiful life brought together in this celebration of her life <3
A must read for anyone who like myself loves Cookie <3
Jaina Bee
Gorgeous, weird, disturbing, hilarious, unique, disgusting, unforgettable, inspiring, heartbreaking—PERFECT. This book gets extra bonus points for being so beautifully designed and composed, and any other book that doesn't take note does so at its own peril.
Larry-bob Roberts
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, bohemianism
Excellent oral history and great design that really captures the era.
Dominick Scalero
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book; the author mentions that some myths have been left in; it would have been helpful if she had commented a bit about them.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great, in-depth biography of an amazing person.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've always liked oral histories (it started with Jean Stein's EDIE when I was a teenager) and this one is about one of my all-time favorite people so l enjoyed it tremendously.
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