Barry Yourgrau

The Sadness of Sex

By Salon Staff

Published October 5, 2000 9:44PM (EDT)

South-African born fiction writer & performer Barry Yourgrau has developed a cult following from his spoken-word performances on MTV, on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition," and at clubs, small theaters and colleges east coast and west. His reviews and articles appear regularly in many print and online publications, including The New York Times, New York, Salon, Spin, Artforum, and Nerve.

"Haunted Traveller; An Imaginary Memoir" (Arcade Publishing) is the Barry Yourgrau latest book, which the New York Times Book Review called, "Strangely sublime...." Yourgrau's previous book, The Sadness of Sex, was adapted into an independent performance feature in which he starred with Peta Wilson, TV's "La Femme Nikita." He's also published two earlier classics of short fiction, Wearing Dad's Head and A Man Jumps Out of An Airplane.

"I can never remember my dreams, so Barry Yourgrau's stories are a pretty good substitute" - David Byrne

Listen to this exclusive recording of Yourgrau reading "Mysteries" from "The Sadness of Sex."

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