Penny-Ante Editions is proud to announce a reissue of Stewart Home’s classic political satire, Defiant Pose, newly introduced by McKenzie Wark with an afterword by Home.
Named 1991’s “Book of the Year” by The Face and Gay Times out of the United Kingdom, Defiant Pose: 25th Anniversary Edition ushers an out-of-print “assault on culture” into the 21st century to meet its relevance in today’s torrid times. Employing pastiche and détournement, Richard Allen’s skinhead novels get a perverse makeover, going head to head with Hegel, Hobbes, and the heretical tracts of Abiezer Coppe in wild ride where no subject is taboo. From fashionable pseudo politics, knucklehead neo-Nazis, middle-class masculinity, the art world, and literature’s so-called “outlaws,” Home’s targets are mercilessly skewered. A contemporary of Kathy Acker born from the punk era, Home has worked outside major cultural institutions for much of his career, and is unafraid to call a spade a spade — an impulse sorely lacking in today’s culture.
Stewart Home’s praxis is the stuff of London: confrontation, violence, the poetry of the inarticulate.
The stuff of which cults are made.
Defiant Pose is slick and sick. Plumbs depths of literary depravity unseen since de Sade wrote 120 Days of Sodom. I love it!
Stewart Home is doing for the world of books what the Sex Pistols did to pop.
—Gay Times (1991)