Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

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About the Author
John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Polyester, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Desperate Living. He has also made more conventional films, such as Hairspray and Cry-Baby. His previous books include Shock Value and Crackpot. John lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Gary Indiana--novelist, playwright, actor, art critic, and film historian--is one of the most supple and imaginative figures in contemporary American culture. He is the author of numerous plays, novels, and works of nonfiction, including Horse Crazy, Rent Boy, and Utopia's Debris. Formerly the chief art critic for the Village Voice, Indiana has also written for the Los Angeles Times Book Review, New York magazine, Artforum, and the London Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

To the people who knew her personally, whose voices tell her story in artist Chloe Griffin kaleidoscopio new oral-history tome, Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller (B_Books), she played even more myriad and fascinating roles. For the first time, through Griffin's book, we see Cookie as her friends and lovers saw her: as inspiration, protector, dancer, instigator, drug dealer, wild card, criminal, life of the party, goddess, mental patient, hostess, confidante, artist, mother, savior.

Griffin tells Cookie's story by deftly weaving together interviews and insterspersing them with excerpts from Cookie's books and diaries so that her own voice gets into the mix. Though the chorus of remembrances can contradict each other or become repetitive, that's part of the point; there's no one truth to Cookie's life.--Emily Gould "Interview"
Mueller's tale was too rich to capture in a traditional, linear biography, and knowing that wouldn't do a free spirit like her justice, author Chloé Griffin took a different approach in her new book, Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller. Griffin labored for years, traveling and conducting extensive interviews with Mueller's friends, family and former colleagues for their intimate accounts. The book includes interviews with John Waters, Mink Stole, and Mueller's only child, Max. Through oral history and photographs, Griffin weaves together a more complete look at the elusive legend's life, and it's as heartfelt and sincere as it is badass.--Lydia Siriprakorn "Frontier LA"
Instead of an ordinary biography, Berlin-based artist Chloé Griffin's Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller is an oral history of the people who knew underground writer and actress Cookie Mueller, best known as a character in John Waters's movies Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs: her friends, members of her family, and her colleagues, who shared their stories of the time they spent with the artist. For several years, Griffin traveled around recording conversations and taking photos that she distilled into a book spanning all periods of Cookie's life.--Corinna Pichl "Bookslut"
In the pages of EDGEWISE, a labour of love of some eighty years, Griffin collected the memories of the people who knew Cookie best, compiling a sensitive and thrilling oral history that captures her life from her childhood in suburban Maryland, through the wild times with John Walters, Divine, Sue Lowe, Mink Stole, the others in Baltimore, to the times in Provincetown, where she lived with her son, Maz, and her lover of many years, Sharon Niesp.--Pati Hertling "BOMB Magazine"
Griffin flows together the voices of almost 90 people--including John Waters, Mink Stole, Lynne Tillman, and Max Mueller--into a book-length river of recollection aimed at capturing Cookie, who died in 1989, a major force in the downtown art scene; a phenomenon, as Gary Indiana puts it in Edgewise, "like a woman in flames [...] something like I'd never seen before in my life."--Earnest Jarrett "The Brooklyn Rail"
Mueller died of AIDS-related causes on November 10, 1989, and Chloé Griffin has written a book titled Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, which pays homage to her life and is told through the voices of her friends, lovers, and family. One of the best reads of 2014.--Honey Dijon "Style.com"
But the book is a kind of masterpiece. Chloé nailed it; her commitment and devoted effort, not to mention her style, in creating this book, do Cookie justice, which is saying a lot. Cookie was unique and so, similarly, is this great book.--Richard Hell "Electronic Beats Magazine"
Serves as a sort of annotated guide to her work--stories about her stories, sometimes conflicting, often more outlandish than what she committed to print.--Negar Azimi "New York Review of Books"