David Wojnarowicz authored five books. His artwork is in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, among other institutions. In addition to his artwork, Wojnarowicz attained national prominence as a writer and advocate for AIDS awareness, and for his stance against censorship. He died from AIDS in 1992.
David Wojnarowicz has caught the age-old voice of the road, the
voice of the traveller, the outcast, the thief, the whore . . .
Pick up this book and listen -- William S. Burroughs
My book of a lifetime, my book for these dark times, an antidote to stupidity, cruelty and oppression of all kinds -- Olivia Laing * * Guardian * *
Wojnarowicz's writing fairly smokes with acrid ironies. It's passionate and personal * * New York Magazine * *
David Wojnarowicz is brilliantly attuned to American talk and responsive to the moods and innovations of society's truants. He also has the best conscience of any writer I know. This fierce, erotic, haunting, truthful book should be given to every teenager immediately -- Dennis Cooper
Everyone should read Close to the Knives to understand the overall political agenda behind suffering . . . This isn't just David's story, it's our story -- Karen Finley
David Wojnarowicz: still fighting prejudice 24 years after his death . . . Nothing I have ever read matches the fury and grief of this writing -- Olivia Laing * * Guardian * *