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1984: Selected Letters

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In 1984, takes a lookback at the historical year Orwell never saw and in doing so faces the heights-and depths-of New York publishing. Through 57 letters and documents from the 1984, Delany offers portraits of millionaire parties, avant-garde artistis, porno-house denizens, modern-day gurus, tax auditors, and the early years of Aids in New York City. "A dazzlingly eloquent ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by Voyant Publishing
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Sean Sullivan
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I have a Samuel Delany fetish. I have a google alert on the man’s name for Christ’s sake. I have read a bunch of his work, and hope to one day read it all, so I think I can say with some confidence that if you’re interested in Delany and his work, you have to get this book. This is a collection of letters Delany wrote to friends, fans and business acquaintances in the year 1984. He talks about his interests in post structuralism and how it was informing his work, about what movies and films he i ...more
Goodness, I feel ill-equipped to review this one. I found it when searching for queer epistolary writing for a friend's undergrad class, but <10 pages in I texted frantically to tell her that she definitely shouldn't assign this as part of her undergrad syllabus because there's just so darn much cocksucking in porn theatres right from the get-go.

It's a fascinating mix of detailed, frank discussion of the mechanics and social mores of urban gay sex in the 80s (focused on hustling, cruising, a
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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There's a letter in this collection more than halfway through in which Delany outlines a list of things he doesn't talk about much in letters, and muses on the tendency of his correspondence to focus on specific mundanities and gloss over or omit the important things going on in his life. I'm pretty sure he knew when he wrote it that he wanted to publish a collection like this, and I suspect him of orchestrating the placement of that tidbit for maximum narrative effect. There's a lot of position ...more
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my desert island books, evidence of my deep love for the irascible and pedantic.
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Samuel Ray Delany, also known as "Chip," is an award-winning American science fiction author. He was born to a prominent black family on April 1, 1942, and raised in Harlem. His mother, Margaret Carey Boyd Delany, was a library clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Samuel Ray Delany, Senior, ran a successful Harlem undertaking establishment, Levy & Delany Funeral Home, on 7t ...more
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