I didn't know Warhol used Candy Darling, a transgender woman, in his movies! I know little about Warhol: he was weird, he was brilliant, he painted soup cans in realistic colors and movie stars in fabulously neon colors and made movies that were either praised lavishly or panned by those who were bored or confused by them. He had a factory, a warehouse, and he hung out with other brilliant eccentrics.
His work - his painted work - spoke to me, particularly the pop culture work. I mean the movie stars.
I didn't know much about him, and was only vaguely interested. Not enough to pick up books about him, although when so many came up for free during the Open Road Media sale, I picked up a bunch. This was one. I was fascinated by Candy's life, but the forward gave me more than anything else. The diary entries were too scattered, too short, and too haphazardly picked to give me a real sense of Candy.
When her friends speak of her, then she shines through: she's described as highly intelligent, funny, generous, larger than life. That comes through in some of the longer entries, but the hair dye tips and the food recipes didn't give me much of a sense of her as a person. She's also described as depressed, but she was a transgender woman when this wasn't at all accepted, or very much understood. No wonder she felt so poorly about and towards the world at times! She wanted things: a husband, children, a stable life, and yes, fame. She wanted to be one of the glamorous movie stars of a bygone era.
Also, she's described as he in one of the forwards, and it turned me off. When I say one, I mean that there's a forward, the diary entries, then another forward, then the diary entries again.
I'd like to know more about Candy - but I think a biography would do more than this would to give me a sense of her as a person, to be honest. Disappointing in many ways, but also fascinating and enlightening in many. Not sorry I picked it up or read it, but... I wanted more in the end.