On Friday, October 26, UT Austin LGBTQ Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies will host a conversation with feminist author Michelle Tea on her latest book, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms. LGBTQ Studies Director, Ann Cvetkovich and Austin artist Gretchen Phillips will lead a conversation on Against Memoir and queer subculture lives.
The conversation will take place from 4 pm – 5:30 pm in the Glickman Conference Center (Patton Hall 1.302B).
Here’s a synopsis of Against Memoir from the Feminist Press:
“The razor-sharp but damaged Valerie Solanas, a doomed lesbian biker gang, recovering alcoholics, and teenagers barely surviving at an ice creamery: these are some of the larger-than-life,yet all-too-human figures, populating America’s fringes. Rife with never-ending fights and failures, theirs are the stories we too often try to forget. But in the process of excavating and documenting these lives, Michelle Tea also reveals herself in unexpected and heartbreaking ways. Delivered with her signature honesty and dark humor, Tea blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own. She turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career—memoir—and considers the extent to which art preys on life.”