FROM MARCH 1981 THROUGH JUNE 1989, David Wojnarowicz kept an intermittent audio journal, speaking directly into a tape recorder about his days and dreams. Last April, the sound artist Derek Baron released David Wojnarowicz: Cross Country Tape Journals, a three-disc LP reproducing tapes from Wojnarowicz’s road trips, and in July, Semiotext(e) will publish transcriptions of all the recordings in a volume titled Weight of the Earth, edited by Lisa Darms and David O’Neill. Below are excerpts from the journal’s final year.

David Wojnarowicz, Untitled, 1989, gelatin silver print, 16 × 19 3/4". From the “Sex Series (for Marion Scemama),” 1989. © The Estate of David Wojnarowicz.

Late February 1989

IT FEELS SOMETHING LIKE a murderer in the house. Like waking up and feeling there’s a murderer in the room, somewhere in the shadows: somebody who wants to murder you, somebody who wants to put you through a violent death. Only whoever this person is is inside me. Last night when I got home, I just felt this shakiness, like I no longer understood

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