For over forty years, Valerie Solanas' biting polemic has delighted and terrified readers. SCUM is an indictment of patriarchal culture, a call to action, a radical feminist vision for a different world. Alternating between satire and seriousness, SCUM remains as a relevant today as when it was first written. Popular and divisive from its first publication, the SCUM Manifesto has proved an enduring classic and has been translated into over a dozen languages. This edition is an update of a best-selling AK Press backlist title, with a new introduction by American poet Michelle Tea.
Valerie Solanas: Valerie Solanas was a radical feminist playwright and social propagandist best known as the author of the SCUM Manifesto, which she self-published and sold on the streets of New York. In 1968, she was arrested after an assassination attempt on the life Andy Warhol, and imprisoned for three years. Deemed a paranoid schizophrenic by the state, once out of jail, Solanas stalked Warhol for several more years, before eventually leaving New York. She died alone and in relative obscurity in 1988 in San Francisco, leaving behind a sheaf of typewritten pages that her mother burned after her death. Solanas was immortalized by actress Lili Taylor in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol.