Negative Space

Negative Space

Lilly Dancyger

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Despite her parents' struggles with addiction, Lilly Dancyger always thought of her childhood as a happy one. But what happens when a journalist interrogates her own rosy memories to reveal the instability around the edges? Dancyger's father, Joe Schactman, was part of the iconic 1980s East Village art scene. He created provocative sculptures out of found materials like animal bones, human hair, and broken glass, and brought his young daughter into his gritty, iconoclastic world. She idolized him—despite the escalating heroin addiction that sometimes overshadowed his creative passion. When Schactman died suddenly, just as Dancyger was entering adolescence, she went into her own self-destructive spiral, raging against a world that had taken her father away. As an adult, Dancyger began to question the mythology she'd created about her father—the brilliant artist, struck down in his prime. Using his sculptures, paintings, and prints as a guide, Dancyger sought out the characters from his world who could help her decode the language of her father's work to find the truth of who he really was.


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Lilly Dancyger:
Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor and columnist at Catapult,and assistant editor at Barrelhouse Books. She's the editor of Burn ItDown, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays on women's angerfrom Seal Press, named one of the “most recommended books of theseason” by Literary Hub. Dancyger is the founder and host of Memoir Monday, a weekly newsletter and quarterly reading series co-curated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Tin House, Guernica, Granta, Longreads, and Catapult, featuring thebest memoir writers of today. She has been widely published byLongreads, The Washington Post, Glamour, Playboy, Rolling Stone,and others. She lives in New York City Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor and columnist at Catapult, and assistant editor at Barrelhouse Books. She's the editor of Burn It Down, a critically acclaimed anthology of essays onwomen's anger from Seal Press, named one of the "most recommended books of the season" by Literary Hub. Dancyger is the founder and host of Memoir Monday, a weekly newsletter and quarterly reading series co-curated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Tin House, Guernica, Granta, Longreads, and Catapult, featuring the best memoir writers of today. She has been widely published by Longreads, The Washington Post, Glamour, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and others. She lives in New York City

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