Just Another Asshole #6


Just Another Asshole was an influential and now-legendary mixed-media publication series edited by Barbara Ess from 1978 to 1987. The submission process was open and collaborative, and each issue was produced in a different format (e.g., limited-edition zine by Ess, tabloid-sized graphic arts magazine, 4 pages in an issue of Artforum, photography book, LP record album, paperback book). Several were edited with Jane Sherry or Glenn Branca.

Issue 6 of the magazine, co-edited with Branca, was published in the form of a pulp paperback book with writings by sixty-one artists from the early-80s downtown scene. It includes short stories, performance transcripts, aphorisms, plays, monologues, screenplays, and essays that offer a window into the gritty and dynamic culture of New York City before gentrification pushed the underground out of Lower Manhattan.

Contributors include Kathy AckerLindsay AmosConstance AshJosh BaerBarbara BargJudith BarryNan BeckerEric BogosianGlenn BrancaBrian BuczakMitch CorberPeter CummingsMargaret De WysBradley ErosBarbara EssRichard FantinaDorothea FranckMatthew GellerMichael GiraJack GoldsteinDan GrahamRudolph GreySue Hanel, Jenny HolzerPeggy KatzBarbara KrugerBeth LapidesJoe LewisAmanda LinnCarla LissMeredith LundMatthew MaguireAline Psyche MareSam Marshall HarveyAlan MooreRichard MorrisonCookie MuellerPeter NadinJoseph NechvatalRichard PrinceLee RanaldoDavid RattrayMike RoddyDavid RosenbloomAnn RowerArleen SchlossJane SherryKiki SmithMichael SmithJim SutcliffeFiona TempletonWharton TiersLynne TillmanAnne TurynGail VachonS.WeisserSally A. WhiteReese WilliamsMartha WilsonStephan WischerthDavid Wojnarowicz, and Linda Yablonsky.

192 pages, softcover, 17.5 x 10.5 cm, Primary Information (New York)