Jose Esteban Munoz (1967-2013) was Professor and Chair of Performance Studies at New York University. His works include Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999), Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), as well as the forthcoming The Sense of Brown. He was co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (1997) and founding co-editor of the Sexual Cultures series at NYU Press.
Brilliant, extraordinary, and necessary, Munoz's critical refusal
of queer pragmatism, his commitment to the utopian force of the
radical attempt-the radical aesthetic, erotic, and philosophical
experiment-is indispensable in an historical moment characterized
by political surrender and intellectual timidity passing itself off
Gay liberation's activist past and pragmatic present are merely prologue to a queer cultural future, Munoz suggests in this critical condemnation of the political status quo. Casting his vision of a radical gay aesthetic through the prisms of literature, photography and performance, the author dismisses commonplace concerns like same-sex marriage as desires for "mere inclusion" in a "corrupt" mainstream. More defiantly, he exalts the persistence of commercial sex spaces in the face of 'antisex and homphobic policings,' and celebrates the overlay of punk and queer in performance spaces. * Publishers Weekly *