Sounds in the Distance. David Wojnarowicz. Aloes Books. 1982.
Sounds in the Distance. David Wojnarowicz. Aloes Books. 1982.

Sounds in the Distance.

Aloes Books, 1982. Item #2385

Saddle-stitched in wrappers. Cover photograph by David Wojnarowicz. Back cover quote from William S. Burroughs who observes that Wojnarowicz "has caught the age old voice of the road, the voice of the whore, the same voice that was heard in Villon's Paris, in the Rome of Petronius. Pick up the book and listen."

The monologues recored here were remembered by the author from his travels through America. He began writing them down toward publication as early as 1976. Aloes Books received the manuscript for Sounds in the Distance in 1980 and an edition of 500 was published in mid-1982. Jim Pennington, the publisher, reports that Bookslinger, one of his American distributors, pulped their considerable stock when they went out of business circa 1984. This helps explain the scarcity of Wojnarowicz's first book. Jim Pennington also informs us that the second blurb on the back cover is paraphrased from Brian Butterick's introduction that accompanied the manuscript though was not part of the final book.

This copy comes from the author's archive and has two lines of the back cover descriptive note crossed out. Regarding the marks, the publisher notes, "The deletion on the back cover is not by Aloes. David was a bit annoyed that I'd not used the dedication he sent me (see Cynthia Carr bio) but never mentioned anything about the supplementary blurb on the back being not to his liking. If that copy is from his archive then could one assume the strike through was his? That whole paragraph is my paraphrase from an introduction by Brian Butterick that appeared in the side-stabbed quarto xerox David sent me to work from. I call that original 'the copy-shop edition'."  

Very good plus to near fine with some toning to back cover and mild shelf wear. Corners are sharp and binding is sound.

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