Joe Brainard

Joe Brainard

I Remember

By Joe Brainard; Ron Padgett (Editor); Joe Brainard (Illustrator)

Granary Books, Paperback, 9781887123488, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 2001

Joe Brainard's "I Remember" is a literary and artistic cult classic, praised and admired by writers from Paul Auster to John Ashery and Edmund White. As autobiography, Brainard's method was brilliantly simple: to set down specific memories as they rose to the surface of his consciousness, each prefaced by the refrain "I remember": "I remember when I thought that if you did anything bad, policemen would put you in jail." Brainard's enduring gem of a book has been issued in various forms over the past thirty years. In 1970, Angel Hair books published the first edition of "I Remember," which quickly sold out; he wrote two subsequent volumes for Angel Hair, "More I Remember" (1972) and "More I Remember More" (1973), both of which proved as popular as the original. In 1973, the Museum of Modern Art in New York published Brainard's "I Remember Christmas," a new text for which he also contributed a cover design and four drawings. Excerpts from the Angel Hair editions appeared in "Interview," "Gay Sunshine," "The World" and the "New York Herald." Then in 1975, Full Court Press issued a revised version collecting all three of the Angel Hair volumes and added new material, using the original title "I Remember." This complete edition is prefaced by poet and translator Ron Padgett.

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