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Pain Journal

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Los Angeles writer and artist Bob Flanagan created performances with Sheree Rose that shocked and inspired audiences. He combined text, video, and live performance to create a highly personal but universal exploration of childhood, sex, illness, and mortality. The Pain Journal, Flanagan's last finished work, is an extraordinary chronicle of the final year of his life befor ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Semiotext(e) (first published November 1st 2000)
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Curtis Westman
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I don't know what kind of prose one should expect from a dying man -- least of all when they're dying slowly and painfully. But while you and I take for granted our innate biological abilities, that of breath and unencumbered thought, Bob Flanagan struggled every day in a vicious battle with his own lungs, heart, and body.

His journal isn't as I had expected it to be, a story typical of the man who sardonically described himself as "the guy who nailed his dick to a board." It isn't at all a fail
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Tosh
Oct 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
He was a friend of mine, and I am in the journal in a minor way - but Bob Flanagan I think was one of the greatest guys on this planet. Fantastic artist who used his medical condition as a canvaas to express himself. For those who are sensitive to S&M practices or body issues may want to stay away - but I suggest you just check in to see wht its about. I am not sure if this book is still in print or not - but if not it really needs to be back in print. Beautiful book.
Arielle
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it
made me both cry and vomit. almost simultaneously.
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Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I cried during this read. An old roommate of mine couldn't even get through half of it. It's sad and can sometimes put you in a place you don't want to be.
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