Adorian Fey (adrian_fabian) wrote,
Adorian Fey


The SCUM Manifesto, authored by the fascinating broad who shot Andy Warhol -- Valerie Solanas -- is the single most rousing piece of writing I've ever read. I mean, this surely takes the cake as the most AMAZING opening sentence to a piece of writing ever:

"Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore & no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete autonomy & destroy the male sex."

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ZING! Did you know (according to Wikipedia, and we all know we shouldn't really trust the veracity of Wiki's vaults) she was released from prison in the '70s? Cheque it:

"After her release from prison in 1971, she was regarded by some as a martyr. She persisted in stalking Warhol and others over the telephone, however, and was arrested again. An interview with her was published in the Village Voice in 1977. She denied that the SCUM Manifesto was ever meant to be taken seriously.[3] Solanas drifted into obscurity and was in and out of mental hospitals. During the 1980s, it is believed she was living in California, supporting a drug addiction through prostitution. In 1988, at the age of 52, she died of emphysema and pneumonia in a welfare hotel in San Francisco."
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