Anne-Christine D’Adesky with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Investigative journalist Anne-Christine d’Adesky has written a personal history of 1990s New York and Paris, a time of dyke marches, public funerals staged by ACT UP, drag and dance parties, and also of exiles fleeing violence in the Balkans, Haiti and Rwanda, and of the rise of the new National Front. Her book, The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York and Paris (University of Wisconsin Press), is one of a few new memoirs of the era and it is essential reading.
“Reminiscent of the luscious lesbian literature of the Parisian past but propelled into the era of AIDS, ACT UP, and the Lesbian Avengers, D’Adesky’s memoir also reveals her family’s role in French colonialism, raising compelling questions about privilege, survival, homophobia and dislocation.”—Sarah Schulman.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will be conducting an onstage interview this evening.