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Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum is an American poet and cultural critic. He received a BA from Harvard University, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from Princeton University. He lives in New York City, where he is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His books include Humiliation and My 1980s and Other Essays.

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  • Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series

    With an unusual, disarming blend of autobiography and cultural commentary, noted poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum takes us through a spectrum of mortifying circumstances—in history, literature, art, current events, music, film, and his own life. His generous disclosures and brilliant observations go beyond prurience to create a poetics of abasement.

  • Embarrassing Email Mistakenly Sent

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Hot Date, Cold Sore

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Shy Coworker, Dirty Movies

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Farted in Yoga

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Fat or Pregnant?

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Private Moment, YouTube Star

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

  • Book Party Faux Pas

    From the Dear Wayne, I've Been Humiliated: Web Series, by Wayne Koestenbaum.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

A Lover’s Discourse, at its 1978 publication, was revolutionary: Roland Barthes made unprecedented use of the tools of structuralism to explore the whimsical phenomenon of love....

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Jackie Under My Skin

Wayne Koestenbaum

Jackie Under My Skin is a nuanced description of how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis transformed our definitions of personal identity and style. As Wayne Koestenbaum follows her into America's...

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My 1980s and Other Essays

Wayne Koestenbaum

Wayne Koestenbaum returns with a zesty and hyper-literate collection of personal and critical essaysWayne Koestenbaum has been described as “an impossible lovechild from a late-night,...

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Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection.The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled...

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