The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003
by Gregg Bordowitz, edited by James Meyer
MIT Press. 307 pages, $35.
COVERING a seventeen-year period, these essays chronicle the life and work of Gregg Bordowitz, an AIDS activist who was an innovator in the use of alternative media to educate the public and to document the epidemic. In the first essay, “Geography Notes: A Survey,” he imagines what might have been if AIDS hadn’t become the driving force in his life, when the voice of an emerging art critic was deflected into that of an AIDS activist who has dedicated his life to the creation of a documentary record of the epidemic.