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Son of Sam I Am

Another excerpt from the Andy Warhol Diaries: Saturday, July 16, 1977 Son of Sam is still out on the loose, and that’s an old-style crime–notes to the police, an M.O., killer on the loose, all that. People seem sort of happy to see a pattern. Son of Sam is nostalgia, almost.

posted 10 February 2010 in Excerpts. no comments yet

White Lines

Another excerpt from the Andy Warhol Diaries. They must have been watching a videotape: Monday, August 22, 1977 When we got there, everyone was already watching the Wimbledon match between Bjorn Borg and Vitas Gerulaitis. Those last two weren’t there yet, they were having dinner together. The match went on for three hours, and somewhere […]

posted 28 January 2010 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Half of What I Say Is Meaningless

From the Andy Warhol Diaries, an account of an evening spent with Julia Scorsese (who was then married to Martin Scorsese–they split later the same year). By the time it opened on Broadway, Shine It On had been renamed The Act. Barbara Feldon was best known for playing Agent 99 on Get Smart. Sunday, July […]

posted 10 December 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Drinking the Kool-Aid

From The Andy Warhol Diaries, a seasonal selection: Thursday, November 23, 1978 I watched the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. I guess New York really is booming–when you think that every member of every marching band has to stay in a hotel room overnight. I glued myself together and went down to work (cab $3.50) […]

posted 26 November 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

I Shot Andy Warhol

The “I” in that movie title was Valerie Solanis Solanas, who appears nine years later in this excerpt from The Andy Warhol Diaries: Friday, July 8, 1977 By the way, Valerie has been seen hanging around the Village and last week when I was cruising there with Victor, I was scared I’d run into her […]

posted 9 November 2009 in Excerpts. 4 comments

Iran (So Far Away)

Another excerpt from The Andy Warhol Diaries: Thursday, July 7, 1977 Cabbed up to the Iranian embassy ($2.50). There were no demonstrators out front. Inside I saw Otto Preminger again and it was the second or third time in a few days, so he asked me what we were going to do tomorrow. I posed […]

posted 15 October 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Lights Out

Andy Warhol was at a production of The Cherry Orchard when New York City’s blackout hit; the actors kept going in the dark. “This was the moment these actors had been waiting all their lives for–to make the show go on,” he observed. From his entry the next day: Thursday, July 14, 1977 On TV […]

posted 26 August 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Two New Pence to Have a Go

From The Andy Warhol Diaries, a description of a fundraiser for Jimmy Carter at the Waldorf: Thursday, June 23, 1977 We were up in the balcony. When the president came in he went around and shook every single person’s hand in the whole place and that took a few hours. Ann Landers was kind of […]

posted 19 August 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

Put a Peephole in My Brain

Another entry from the Andy Warhol Diaries. Sunday, July 3, 1977 Some blacks recognized me a few times this weekend, and I’m trying to figure out what they recognize so I can somehow sell it to them, whatever it is.

posted 30 July 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

They Eat Off of You

The second Warhol/Jackson meeting, as recounted in The Andy Warhol Diaries. The setting is a party in a hotel room before a performance of the Jacksons’ Victory tour at Madison Square Garden: Saturday, August 4, 1984 Rosanna Arquette, the actress, came up and was so sweet, and I asked her if we’d ever done anything […]

posted 8 July 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet