[1950 - ]
Do Everything in the Dark (2003)
This comic novel follows the various declines and concessions of a
number of characters at crossroads in their lives: Arthur and Oliver, a
gay couple growing distant on an island off the Spanish coast; Malcolm and
Anna, an interracial couple lapsing into heroin addiction; Caroline and
Denice, migrs to New Mexico, one of them slipping into insanity; Miles, a
formerly successful playwright now blocked; Jesse, a rich sometime actor
on an odyssey in North Africa and South America; Edith, a former actress
unable to move on; Laurence, a Lacanian psycho-analyst; and the narrator,
identified as the author himself. The dispersion of their friends and
loved ones causes an emotional undertow, hauntingly captured in Indiana's
best novel yet.
Depraved Indifference (2002)
Gary Indiana, a "huge satirical talent" (New
York Times), brings us a darkly comic novel fueled by the virtuoso con
artist Evangeline Slote and her extravagant life of chicanery and petty
crime. She thrives on seduction, manipulation, and the humiliation of
everybody in her orbit. And she has a genius for generating chaos and
panic among her real and imaginary enemies.
Until her conviction on slavery charges brought against her by several
ungrateful Mexican housemaids, Evangeline, a dead ringer for Elizabeth
Taylor, lives in perpetual motion. She and her husband, Warren, a
self-made real estate mogul at the end of a long alcoholic decline,
breezily shift from Las Vegas to Hawaii to Nassau, torching their homes
for insurance money, dabbling in myriad forms of financial fraud, and
constantly altering their identities to evade the law.
When Warren dies, Evangeline is desperate to jump-start yet another new
life, bankrolled by Warren's far-flung and hard-to-locate assets, while
keeping his death secret from the world at large, but particularly from
his "former children," her stepchildren and the beneficiaries of his will.
Fortunately, she has an eager accomplice in Devin, her fanatically devoted
and easily manipulated son.
Surrounded by a cohort of burnouts, hapless suckers, and fellow grifters,
Evangeline cooks up the ultimate con. To complete the intricate scheme,
she will stop at nothing, including murder.
Depraved Indifference is a dissection of the mind of a charismatic
sociopath and a satire of the society that appeases and abets her. With
razor-fine insight, Gary Indiana, "one of the most important chroniclers
of the modern psyche," (The Guardian) wields his scathing, insightful
prose with authority and to devastating effect.
Based on the real-life trial of the Menendez
brothers and written with visceral, apocalyptic force, Gary Indiana's
critically acclaimed novel, Resentment, is a dark comedy of manners
that takes as its subject nothing less than the complete and total
dissolution of society and the justice system.
Resentment: A Comedy (1997)
Seth, a New York journalist, is on assignment in Los Angeles to cover the
infamous trial of two adolescent boys accused of blowing away their
wealthy parents in their Beverly Hills mansion. The novel follows Seth as
he maneuvers among the bizarre chorus of characters that make up
modern-day Los Angeles, including a judge with obsessive/compulsive
disorder, a witness with
Syndrome, a taxi driver/screenwriter with
a budding serial killer/gigolo, and a name-dropping society novelist.
"Resentment is not only hilariously toxic satire that skewers various
gargoyles of Southern California with deadly precision and dark wit,"
writes Patrick McGrath, "It is also
a rattling good story, generated and furiously driven forward by a moral
vision that is new to American fiction."
Rent Boy (1994)
A coolly passionate, fiercely immediate chronicle of a death foretold
before the full onslaught of
Gone Tomorrow is a dangerous and unsettling work of fiction. A
brilliantly evocative first-person narrative of decadence by a jaded,
disfigured young actor, this novel will inspire admiration for the
valiance of its achievement, and provoke controversy for the unflinching
honesty of its sensibility.
Gone Tomorrow (1993)
It is 1984, amidst the rot and corruption of Colombia, where a serial
killer is on the loose. Here, under the aegis of an at once seductive and
monstrous film director ("dark, sardonic, and secretive"), an
international troupe of actors and technical crew has convened to make a
film of vast, if vague, ambition. With preternatural incisiveness and
lyric intensity, the narrator dissects their obsessional, impulsive
relationships - fired by narcissism, sex, alcohol, and drugs - against an
ominous backdrop of cultural dissolution, social anarchy, and political
Horse Crazy (1989)
Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World
After 32 Soup Cans, neither America nor the art world would ever be the
same. Gary Indiana offers a witty and opinionated biography of a momentous
work of art--and its deeply troubled creator.
In the summer of 1962, Andy Warhol
unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in
Los Angeles--and sent the art world reeling. The responses ran from
incredulity to outrage; the poet Taylor Mead described the exhibition as
"a brilliant slap in the face to America." The exhibition put Warhol on
the map--and transformed American culture forever. Almost single-handedly,
Warhol had collapsed the centuries-old distinction between "high" and
"low" culture, and created a new and radically modern aesthetic.
In Andy Warhol and the Can That Sold the World, the
dazzlingly versatile critic Gary Indiana draws on interviews with many
members of Warhol's Factory, as well as his own personal recollections of
Warhol himself, to tell the story of the genesis and impact of this iconic
work of art. With energy, wit, and tremendous perspicacity, Indiana
recovers the exhilaration and controversy of the Pop Art Revolution--and
the brilliant, tormented, and profoundly narcissistic figure at its
The Schwarzenegger Syndrome: Politics and Celebrity in the Age of Contempt (2005)
From the California recall circus, in which Gary
Coleman, Larry Flynt, and Arianna
Huffington vied with over one hundred
other candidates to replace a supposedly inept governor, Arnold
Schwarzenegger emerged triumphant. How did this onetime bodybuilding
champion and gay pinup, with no political experience and a string of
mediocre action movies to his name, come to take over the world's
In The Schwarzenegger Syndrome, celebrated journalist and novelist
Gary Indiana makes the case that this tale is a product of a media-soaked
culture in which image matters more than substance. The recall process, a
parody of direct democracy, gave Schwarzenegger the chance of a lifetime.
With so many candidates in the race, he certainly wasn't the most
qualified, the most articulate, or the most credibleóbut he was the most
famous. And for the majority of Californians, that was enough. A witty and
biting travelogue through the intersection of celebrity culture with
American political life, The Schwarzenegger Syndrome lays bare the
dark implications of Schwarzenegger's rise to power in the Golden State.
Hear Us Out: Conversations with Gay Novelists (2003)
The author of the acclaimed Gay Fiction Speaks brings us new
interviews with twelve prominent gay writers who have emerged in the last
decade. Hear Us Out demonstrates how in recent decades the canon of gay
fiction has developed, diversified, and expanded its audience into the
mainstream. Readers will recognize names like Michael Cunningham,
whose Pulitzer Prize--winning novel The Hours inspired the hit movie;
and others like Christopher Bram, Bernard Cooper, Stephen McCauley,
and Matthew Stadler.
These accounts explore the vicissitudes of writing on gay male themes in
fiction over the last thirty years -- prejudices of the literary marketplace;
social and political questions; the impact of AIDS; commonalities between gay
male and lesbian fiction... and even some delectable bits of gossip.
Also includes talks with Bernard Cooper,
Gary Indiana, Jim Grimsley,
Paul Russell, Peter Cameron,
and Philip Hensher
SalÚ or The Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom (SalÚ o Le centoventi
giornate di Sodoma, 1975) is one of the most controversial and
scandalous films ever made. It was Pier Paolo Pasolini's last film; he was
murdered shortly after completing it. An adaptation of Sade's vicious
masterpiece, but relocated to Fascist-ruled Italy, SalÚ is an
unflinching, violent portrayal of sexual cruelty which many find too
disturbing to watch.
SalÚ or The Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom (2000)
But insightful artworks are often disturbing. Beneath the extreme,
taboo-breaking surface of SalÚ, Gary Indiana argues, is a deeply
penetrating account of human behavior that resonates not only as an
account of fascism but as a picture of the corporate, morally compromised
world we live in today.
In Three Month Fever, his first book-length work of nonfiction,
Gary Indiana presents the 1997 killing spree of Andrew Cunanan as a
peculiarly contemporary artifact, an alloy in which reality and myth have
been inseparably combined. The case generated an astonishing sequence of
news reports in which the suspect became a "monster," "serial killer,"
"high-priced homosexual prostitute," "pervert," "master of disguise,"
"chameleon," and so forth. In reality, this figure of dread bore little
resemblance to the scary sociopath of legend.
Three-Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story (1999)
In following Cunanan's "trail of death," Indiana presents a riveting,
fully realized portrait of a very bright, even brilliant young man whom
people liked. He had charisma, great looks, and money that he spent very
freely on others. He was a sympathetic listener with a phenomenal memory
for names, faces, and virtually anything he read or saw. But he didn't fit
in anywhere, and he couldn't solve the problem of how to live.
He was trying to do better, to come from a better place, to have a better
background. He made up stories about himself that made him feel more like
other people or made him seem more interesting than he thought he was.
He wanted to be loved for himself. The two people he thought might love
him for himself didn't, and he ended up killing them. This was probably
the last thing he wanted to do.
Andrew was compulsively social, and as long as he could establish some
intercourse with the outside world he could function, even if he had to
conceal the ugly secrets he was accumulating. He could hang out in gay
bars in Chicago while on the run, come to New York and live in a
bathhouse, go to movies, pick people up. Even after the killing in New
Jersey, his crimes were below the threshold of most people's awareness.
But in Miami he found himself trapped, the very places where he expected
to "blend in" were informed about who he was and what he looked like. It
was isolation he could not deal with--and that led to his total
disintegration and the death of Gianni Versace.
Three Month Fever is a tour de force in which
Indiana reveals how Andrew Cunanan fell apart over time and what he might
have sounded like in his own mind. Rarely has a writer immersed himself in
the mind of a killer with such startling effect. Gary Indiana has created
a new form of true crime that is as insightful as it is riveting.
Discomforting home truths ... acute, brash, bracing.
Let It Bleed: Essays 1985 - 1995 (1996)
John Waters: Change of Life
(2004) by Gary Indiana, Lisa Phillips, and Marvin Heiferman
Once crowned "The Pope of Trash" by
William Burroughs -- and
now hailed as the genius behind the smash-hit Broadway musical Hairspray
-- John Waters (b. 1946) is not only a
controversial director, but also a powerful, perceptive visual artist.
This book, published on the occasion of his first major museum exhibition,
surveys his still photographic works made over the past decade, and also
features stills from his seldom-seen no-budget films and objects from
Waters's personal collection that reflect his fascination with
photographic imagery, the mass media, and outrageous expressions of
American popular culture.
Waters's newer photographic work echoes themes that are central to all his
work: race, sex, class, family, politics, celebrity, religion, the media,
the allure of crime, glamour, and the skewering of cultural symbols and
stereotypes. Waters's longevity as a cultural figure reflects his unique
ability to tap into our most private attractions to the erotic, perverse,
and sleazy, blatantly unleashing thoughts that polite society tries
diligently to repress. As he moves from margin to mainstream, Waters's
work in films, photography, and performance continues to resonate.
Front Pages/Nancy Chunn: Interview With the Artist by Gary Indiana (1997)
by Gary Indiana with Nancy Chunn, Illustrator
An illustrated novel of the real world created by the
acclaimed painter Nancy Chunn. Every day of 1966 Chunn claimed as an
artistic canvas the front page of the N.Y. Times. Using rubber stamps &
pastels to enhance, eradicate, & alter images & text, she created a
commentary -- colorful, intense, visually explosive -- on the year's
events & the power of the press. Chunn's treatment of the events we all
lived through -- the Presidential campaign, the crash of TWA Flight 800,
the wars in Chechnya & Rwanda -- will strike an immediate chord in readers
tuned in to the political world awash in images & news. Gary Indiana's
interview with the artist provides insights into the artistic process as a
means of talking back to power & engaging with the world.
Investigations 1987 (1988) by Dan
Cameron, Gary Indiana, and Judith Tannenbaum
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