Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller

Chloé Griffin


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  • b_books
  • ISBN 9783942214209
  • 340 pages
  • 2014
  • 22.9 × 15.2 × 2.4 cm

Cookie Mueller (1949-1989) was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name first as an actress in the films of John Waters, and then as an art critic and columnist, a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York’s downtown art world. Edgewise, by Berlin-based actress and writer Chloé Griffin, tells the story of Cookie’s life through an oral history composed of more than 80 interviews with the people who knew her, including John Waters, Mink Stole, Gary Indiana, Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, Linda Yablonsky, Richard Hell, Amos Poe and Raymond Foye. The contributors take us from the late-1960s artist communes of Baltimore to 1970s Provincetown and New York, through 1980s Berlin and Positano. Along with the text, Edgewise includes artwork, unpublished photographs and archival material and photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, David Armstrong, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar and others.


„Instead of an ordinary biography, Berlin-based artist Chloé Griffin’s Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller is an oral history of the people who knew underground writer and actress Cookie Mueller, best known as a character in John Waters’s movies Pink Flamingos and Multiple Maniacs: her friends, members of her family, and her colleagues, who shared their stories of the time they spent with the artist. For several years, Griffin traveled around recording conversations and taking photos that she distilled into a book spanning all periods of Cookie’s life.“ Bookslut – Corinna Pichl

„In the pages of EDGEWISE, a labour of love of some eighty years, Griffin collected the memories of the people who knew Cookie best, compiling a sensitive and thrilling oral history that captures her life from her childhood in suburban Maryland, through the wild times with John Walters, Divine, Sue Lowe, Mink Stole, the others in Baltimore, to the times in Provincetown, where she lived with her son, Maz, and her lover of many years, Sharon Niesp.“ Pati Hertling – Bomb Magazine

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