Words are how Arcade make her living—brilliant torrents of words that rush and flow and settle into illuminating inquisitions on the world in which we live. “I’m a truth-teller, which is problematic in a world of hypocrisy,” she has said. In addition to appearing in Warhol’s 1971 film, Women in Revolt, her stage works, including
Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! and Bad Reputation, have come to be seen as landmarks of New York’s avant-garde.
Below are Penny Arcade’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually. See the full list...
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince will be on many peoples best loved book lists. I first read this at 14 and the anarchic wisdom of this book with it's delicate philosophy of the outsider influenced my own thinking about the pitfalls of trading childhood wonder for adulthood,but most of all it taught me about accepting other's differences and the fragile nature of relationship. "That which is essential is invisible to the eye"
This book will be on many peoples best loved book lists. I read this at 14 and it gave me my first overview of the elements of life, love and society. This book contains ruiminations if not answers on what it means to be fully human.
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence
I discovered this book by the poet Adreienne Rich in the now long gone Feminist Book Store in NY's Greenwich Village when I was 25 years old. The title called out to me and became the basis for how I formed my relationship to my own authenticity and how I have approached relationships with other people for my entire life.
$127.85 Please Kill Me
Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil
$188.94 Between the World and Me
$155.70 Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Karen E Fields and Barbara J. Fields
Rafael de Cárdenas
$190.19 Dark Night of the Soul
by Saint John of the Cross
$199.74 Tintin in the Congo
$186.24 The Anxiety of Influence, A Theory of Poetry
$180.92 The Painted Bird
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