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Some Styles of Masculinity

In winter 2018, Gregg Bordowitz performed a three-part lecture series at the New Museum as part of Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon. Each evening, he explored an avatar of masculinity that was formative to him. This title is a self-portrait and an essay on upheaval and plague, based on transcripts of the eponymous series, which Bordowitz has re-imagined for the page: a winding, intimate, urgent, freewheeling account of thinking and enduring in difficult times.

Each evening, he explored an avatar of masculinity that was formative to him as he came of age as an outer-borough child of Jewish immigrants, then as an artist-activist in Manhattan at the dawn of the AIDS crisis: the rock star, the rabbi and the comedian.


He asserts that gender can’t be separated from ethnicity, sexuality, class or nationality, and he connects these aspects of himself through personal anecdotes as well as reflections on whiteness, diaspora, comedy and Jewish mysticism.


Some Styles of Masculinity evokes David Antin’s 'talk poems', Maggie Nelson’s 'autotheory', David France’s 'How to Survive a Plague' and Wayne Koestenbaum’s casually erudite criticism. Gregg Bordowitz (born 1964) is the author of Glenn Ligon: Untitled (I Am a Man) (2018), General Idea: Imagevirus (Afterall Books, 2010) and The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986–2003 (2004).


He was an early participant in ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), where he co-founded several video collectives.


Format: Paperback
Page Count: 240 pages
Imprint: Triple Canopy
Published: November 2021
ISBN: 9780997852455

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