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Amy Scholder has been editing and publishing progressive and literary books for over twenty-five years. Her visionary style has brought high visibility to her authors, and has been praised for its contribution to contemporary literature and popular culture.

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Edited by Amy Scholder

Celebrity gives us the opportunity to see some small part of ourselves writ large. Some public figures factor more prominently in our thoughts than others, maybe too much. We become fascinated, inspired, even repelled. In these daring essays, some of the most provocative writers of our time offer a private view on a public figure, and in doing so, reveal themselves.

Original essays:

• Mary Gaitskill on Linda Lovelace
• Rick Moody on Karen Dalton
• Johanna Fateman on Andrea Dworkin
• Hanne Blank on MFK Fisher
• Kate Zambreno on Kathy Acker
• Danielle Henderson on bell hooks
• Justin Vivian Bond on Karen Graham
• Jill Nelson on Aretha Franklin
• Zoe Pilger on Mary Gaitskill

"Porn, oysters, abjection: Icon, a smart plunge into fandom's sober fringe, will excite anyone who has ever harbored ambivalent and obsessive love for an idol. Uncanny affinities tie together the essays in this compelling collection, packed with surprising detours, punchy revelations, and a refreshing abundance of unconventionality. For the methods and intimacies of Icon, I feel a satisfying surge of kinship."

—Wayne Koestenbaum, author of My 1980s and Other Essays

"The writers in Icon are icons in their own right, their words bluntly confessional more than devotional. These essays are batons--pass them forward."

—Evelyn McDonnell, author of Queens of Noise

"These nine exquisite essays piece together dazzling mirror shards of biography, memoir, and homage. Seeking to live in community with great souls past and present, the writers gathered here forge electric collaborations with the dead, the lost, the rued, the canonized, and the newly loved."

—Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front

"Icon illustrates the multiple ways in which we construct and read identity, and what it means to envy, adore, worship, and hate public figures. In a culture obsessed with celebrity, Icon reminds us that our icons say a lot about ourselves."

—Tristan Taormino, author of Opening Up

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