In 1986, Peter Sotos was arrested. He was charged with obscenity for publishing a magazine and was later convicted for possession of child pornography. After his trial, he kept a low profile. He worked for a meat distribution company and struggled to pay down his legal bills. He underwent mandatory counseling. Then, in the late 1980s, he began writing a manuscript that, once published, would signal the mature arrival of one of the most disquieting and original voices in English literature. That manuscript was called Tool. Learn More
Against a densely imbricated skein of documentary fragments and confessional annotation, Mine advances a sustained, interlocutory investigation into the ulterior etiologies and malignant narcissism of underground pornography. Learn More
In this prismatic and obliquely appreciative study of Antoine D'Agata’s photography, Peter Sotos arraigns the fraught vocabulary of gallery apologists — and of D'Agata himself — to locate a “"iner definition of pornography" beneath the exigent demands of desire, transgression, and art.