Keith Haring Journals

Books on Tape. Feb. 2022. 13:18 hrs. ISBN 9780593606254. $95. BIOG
Graffiti artist and pop culture icon Haring kept engaging and extensive journals from 1977 until September 1989 (five months before his death in February 1990), and David Pittu brings them to life with his relaxed and emotive narration of the unabridged audiobook. These journals cover not only Haring’s meteoric rise in the art world but also his friendships, rivalries, opinions, and activism. An extended entry in February 1987, after the death of Andy Warhol, is a love letter to Warhol (a friend and mentor to Haring) that succinctly and emotionally captures him as an artist and person. Later in 1987, Haring muses on his mortality; “I am quite aware of the chance that I have or will have AIDS,” he writes and Pittu reads with heartbreaking simplicity. “I’m sure that what will live on after I die is important enough to make sacrifices of my personal luxury and leisure time now.”
VERDICT Unlike The Andy Warhol Diaries, which is gossipy fun but rarely introspective, Haring’s journal is beautifully written, thoughtful, and filled with passionate opinions and very personal details.
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