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Buried Not Dead

304 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published February 2021
ISBN 9781925818604

Buried Not Dead

Fiona McGregor

Buried Not Dead is a collection of essays on art, literature and performance, sexuality, activism and the life of the city. It features writers, artists, dancers, tattooists and DJs, some of them famous, like Marina Abramović and Mike Parr, others, like Latai Taumoepeau, Lanny K and Kathleen Mary Fallon, unjustly overlooked. The portraits of these figures and the scenes they inhabit present an intimate and expansive archive of a world rarely recorded in our histories.

Fiona McGregor is an award-winning novelist and performance artist with a deep involvement in the worlds she represents. She came of age as an artist during an outpouring of performative queer creativity, in a community that celebrated subversion, dissent and uninhibited partygoing, and in her writing she observes the shift from that moment to new forms of cultural repression. McGregor is a participant in her essays as well as a witness – she sees through an artist’s eyes and records what she perceives with a novelist’s insight.

McGregor has a fine eye for the moment, in a text or performance, when the marvellous happens. Cutting across the boring divides between high art and low dives, Buried Not Dead is alive to what’s alive.McKenzie Wark

Compromise-averse, dangerous, this book is also a precious archive of radical art-making witnessed firsthand.Maria Tumarkin

In a world that bludgeons you into numbness, Buried Not Dead will startle you back to life. McGregor’s book is a shriek of rage and a cry of pleasure, and sometimes it is hard to tell one from the other.Krissy Kneen


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To celebrate the launch of Buried Not Dead, we’re offering this new essay collection in a special bundle with A Novel Idea, McGregor’s wry and intimate photographic portrait of the writer’s working life.

Normally valued at $56.90, this bundle is offered at $45 (postage is free within Australia).

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About the Author

Fiona McGregor

Fiona McGregor has published six books, including Indelible Ink, which won the Age Book of the Year and was shortlisted for several other awards; Strange Museums, the memoir of a performance art tour through Poland; the short story collection Suck My Toes, which won the Steele Rudd Award; and the underground classic chemical palace. Her most recent titles are the essay collection Buried Not Dead and the photo-essay A Novel Idea, both published by Giramondo.

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Reviews

Joyful, furious or tender, these essays read art the way McGregor first read Fallon, ‘for the sex, the wit, the sheer gutsy splendour of the language’, assessing power and powerlessness, and never forgetting bodies that are abused, excluded and bruised.

Felicity Plunkett, The Saturday Paper

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