I listened to an interview with the editor of this book, Sabrina Chapadjiev, and one of the diverse author/artists this afternoon and found it tremendously moving, providing the very insightful, personal point of view. You can listen to the interview on the following podcast http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/qpodcast_20080904_7304.mp3 starting about 2/3 of the way through. though it is written about and by women, it has lessons for anyone interested in this subject that is full of stereotypes and misunderstandings.
In a collection of original stories, essays, artwork, and photography, Nan Goldin, Eileen Myles, bell hooks, and other cutting-edge artists explore their use of art to survive madness, abuse, incest, depression, and the impulse toward self-destruction manifest in eating disorders, cutting, addiction, and contemplation of suicide. The book confronts the brutality many women and girls encounter in the world around them, and bravely takes as its subject the often misunderstood violence they at times inflict upon themselves.
The diverse array of contributors here-novelists, poets, cartoonists, dancers, photographers, playwrights, burlesque performers-traverse the pains and passions that can both motivate and destroy women artists, and they mark a path for survival. Together they show that creative women are not destined to the fate of lost visionaries such as Woolf, Sexton, Arbus, and Plath. Live Through This is a fearless exploration of women's silent rage, the power that can come from internal struggle, and the possibility of transforming this burning force into fierce and enlightened work.
With contributions by Nan Goldin, bell hooks, Patricia Smith, Cristy Road, Carol Queen, Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, Carolyn Gage, Eileen Myles, Fly, Diane DiMassa, Bonfire Madigan, Inga Muscio, Kate Bornstein, Toni Blackman, Nicole Blackman, Silas Howard, Daphne Gottleib, and Stephanie Howell.
Sabrina Chapadjiev is a playwright, spoken word artist, and singer-songwriter originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She is founder of the all-woman songwriter series Chicks that Kick, editor of the zine Cliterature: 18 Interviews with Women Writers, and her plays, including Perhaps Merely Quiet, have been produced in the United States and Europe.
About the Author
Sabrina Chapadjiev was the main organizer of the Jane Festival, founder of the all woman songwriter series, Chicks that Kick, and an organizer of New York's Ladyfest. She is currently working on a play about women and mental illness entitled, Perhaps Merely Quiet, which will be produced in London this year.
You can find the book here, http://www.amazon.com/Live-Through-This-Creativity-Self-Destruction/dp/1583228276