Fast Trip, Long Drop | Chicago Reader

Fast Trip, Long Drop

Gregg Bordowitz's deconstructive autobiographical essay (1993) about his discovery in 1988 that he was HIV positive and about his subsequent life, including his decision to quit drugs and drinking and to come out to his mother and stepfather. Making semi-ironic use of Jewish music and diverse kinds of silent and sound footage, Bordowitz speaks about his late father and his sex life; he also includes his own documentary footage of AIDS rallies, conversations with friends (including filmmaker Yvonne Rainer), a tour of his bookshelves, and a sarcastic parody of the way the media have treated AIDS. Nothing in this work is taken for granted, and Bordowitz's bracing anger and inventive playfulness are both life enhancing.

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