Coming Unbuttoned by James BroughtonComing Unbuttoned by James Broughton

Coming Unbuttoned

byJames BroughtonForeword byMark Thompson

Paperback | June 11, 2016

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“Broughton writes with disarming frankness about his 80 years as an artist and as a human being seeking wholeness.” – Kirkus Reviews

“He was probably the most flirtatious man I’ve ever met.” – Pauline Kael, author of I Lost It at the Movies

"Follow your own weird." – James Broughton

With James Broughton’s puckish humor, COMING UNBUTTONED recalls his journey from early childhood and military school, following his muse (named Hermy) into an avant-garde world of poets, artists, and filmmakers. His groundbreaking films were championed by Jean Cocteau and Maya Deren, and he wrote poetry in company with Robert Duncan and Alan Watts. On these frank and witty pages, he gives firsthand witness to life in the artistic underground from the 1940s into the ’90s as he becomes an icon of the gay counterculture, culminating with his winter-years’ romance with Joel Singer, the love of his life.

This Query Books edition contains a new Foreword by Mark Thompson, author of Gay Spirit; and two never-before published, unexpurgated chapters.

James Broughton (1913-1999) was a beloved and seminal figure of the San Francisco Renaissance. His 1967 prizewinning film The Bed shocked and delighted audiences with its playful and honest sexuality. He is the author of nearly two dozen works of poetry and prose; and nearly two dozen short films. He taught at the San Francisco Art Ins...
Title:Coming UnbuttonedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.54 inPublished:June 11, 2016Publisher:Query Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1944507019

ISBN - 13:9781944507015


Table of Contents

Foreword1 Into This World and Out of It2 Dormitory Initiations3 The Age of Perplexity4 To the Open Road and Back5 Pods of Poets6 Screens to Hang Mirrors On7 The Other Side of the Sea8 A Time for Gurus9 A Wedding and a WeddingAppendix IAppendix II

Editorial Reviews

About Coming Unbuttoned:"Broughton writes with disarming frankness about his 80 years as an artist and as a human being seeking wholeness." - Kirkus ReviewsAbout James Broughton:(from the documentary filmBig Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton)"James Broughton was a trickster...James was one of the major poetic voices of gay liberation. And he did it by talking about ecstasy and joy." - Armistead Maupin (author, Tales of the City)"He was probably the most flirtatious man I've ever met." - Pauline Kael, author of I Lost It at the Movies"James will continually be rediscovered as this golden secret of West Coast bohemia. He was an outsider's outsider, under the Underground." - Neeli Cherkowski"He was so pioneering in being playful." - Keith Hennessy (artist, director of Circo Zero)"I see him in the visionary tradition of Blake, Whitman, Ginsberg. But where Whitman alludes to the pleasures of the flesh, Broughton was someone who lived them." - Don Kilhefner, founder of theGay Liberation Front, Los Angeles