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1001 Beds
Performances, Essays, and Travels
Tim Miller
Edited by Glen Johnson

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies

"If I continue to tour for another twenty years, as I have for the last twenty-one, I will end up sleeping in at least 1000 hotel beds in my lifetime. For maximum poetic oomph, let's say 1001 beds. . . . They symbolize a life and art dedicated to reaching out toward folks from Bozeman to Tampa. A life and art that has traveled widely and, I believe, reached a couple hundred thousand people with my stories of queer life and love."
—Tim Miller

For a quarter century, Tim Miller has worked at the intersection of performance, politics, and identity, using his personal experiences to create entertaining but pointed explorations of life as a gay American man–from the perils and joys of sex and relationships to the struggles of political disenfranchisement and artistic censorship. This intimate autobiographical collage of Miller's professional and personal life reveals one of the celebrated creators of a crucial contemporary art form and a tireless advocate for the American dream of political equality for all citizens.

Here we have the most complete Miller yet–a raucous collection of his performance scripts, essays, interviews, journal entries, and photographs, as well as his most recent stage piece Us. This volume brings together the personal, communal, and national political strands that interweave through his work from its beginnings and ultimately define Miller's place as a contemporary artist, activist, and gay man.

Tim Miller. Photo credit, Thomas Strand.Tim Miller is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and gay rights activist. He is the author of the books Body Blows and Shirts & Skin and his performance texts have appeared in the play collections O Solo Homo and Sharing the Delirium. He teaches performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater and is cofounder of Performance Space 122 in New York City and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, California. Glen Johnson is professor of English and media studies at the Catholic University of America.

An interview with Tim Miller is available on the Lit show web site.

Read a review of 1001 Beds on TheatreMania.

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the cover of 1001 beds is fuchia and orange, with a black and white photo of Tim Miller, nude, wearing a necklace of beads. He seems to be protecting himself by crossing his arms.

March 2006
328 pp.  6 x 9  
30 b/w photos

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Cloth $60.00 s
ISBN 978-0-299-21690-0
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ISBN 978-0-299-21694-8
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Visit Tim Miller's website or read his blog.

"Performance artist Tim Miller has been a pioneering and inspiring figure for twenty-five years. . . . 1001 Beds shows Miller as an engaged and effective storyteller and provocateur. It will attract readers from a variety of constituencies and be wonderful for classes."
—Lynn C. Miller, editor of Voices Made Flesh

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