‘Andy Warhol’s Self-Portrait’ by Michelle Tea

In boisterous, big-hearted prose, Tea goes back where she came from, taking Warhol with her. The result is an unclassifiable text that was first delivered as a speech, is sold as an essay, and might be marketed as anything from journalism to life writing. For me, it read like a multi-stranded micro-bildungsroman, offering insights into both Tea’s and Warhol’s lives. It has a walk-and-talk energy, and offers insights into the uneasy relationship between high and low art, the commercialization of art, and the extent to which art can reach out and change us. 

Collected in Against Memoir, published by And Other Stories, 2018

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