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7 Miles a Second, David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook, 2012

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David Wojnarowicz was a painter, photographer, writer, performance artist, and activist who was prominent in the New York City art world of the 1980s. Written by Wojnarowicz, drawn by James Romberger, and colored by Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second is a graphic memoir about Wojnarowicz’s life and his battle with AIDS. He died of the disease in 1992.

Wojnarowicz wrote the book, which contains sci-fi illustrations, beginning with his youth as a gay prostitute on the streets of Manhattan. The graphic memoir chronicles his battles with homelessness and drug addiction, and his living with AIDS and waiting to die.

7 Miles a Second conveys Wojnarowicz’s frustrations with the U.S. government’ response to the AIDS epidemic and people’s indifference toward people with AIDS.

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