Thursday, November 3, 2022

Karen Finley | Enough Is Enough

Karen Finley
Enough Is Enough
New York City, USA: Poseidon Press, 1993
[110] pp., 13.34 x 1.27 x 20.32 cm., hardcover
Edition size unknown

Subtitled Weekly Meditations for Living Dysfunctionally, this slim volume with pictorial laminated boards promises readers that they too can be "glamorous, chic, popular and dysfunctionally correct". It is the artist's second book, following 1990's Shock Treatment.

"Multimedia artist Karen Finley, best known for enraging Jesse Helms with her NEA-funded acts involving yams and chocolate, will enjoy the best sort of revenge if this slyly hilarious lampoon of the self-help and daily meditation genres gains the attention that it deserves. Fifty-two entries instruct post-dysfunctional and recovered readers in such arts as "Bragging," "Being a Bitch" and "Staying in Bed all Day." Bizarre, child-like illustrations of people heighten the humor; the punch line is that Finley's advice on these topics is sound. Each entry ends with a hint, tip, example or motto: "Everything is always more pleasant when we are the center of attention" ("Self-Centering"); "Make sure that you still brush your teeth even if you're staying in bed all day." This slender volume is a potential point-of-purchase phenomenon."
- Publishers Weekly

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