Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
Title: Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz
Author: Cynthia Carr
A full-length account of the life and career of the artist and gay activist centers on the infamous 2010 censoring of “A Fire in My Belly,” exploring Wojnarowicz’s brutal childhood, relationship with his contemporaries, and early death from AIDS in 1992.
As uptown art collectors looked downtown for the next big thing, this community of cultural outsiders was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The ensuing culture war, the neighborhood’s gentrification, and the AIDS crisis then devastated the East Village scene. Wojnarowicz died of AIDS in 1992 at the age of thirty-seven. Carr’s brilliant biography traces the untold story of a controversial and seminal figure at a pivotal moment in American culture.