Do It All the Way – "The Andy Warhol Diaries"

No matter what people tell you, we all just want to been seen and accepted in some fashion. We're meant to go through life, marching to the beat of our own drums, but the work we put out there –– that's not for us to personally consume. Our work is meant for others to use and enjoy. 

Somewhere along the lines of reading The Andy Warhol Diaries I thought my first piece for {The Book Escort} would be a bunch of lessons I've learned reading this massive, daunting book. (Diaries was dictated to friend, Pat Hackett, over a 10-year period up until Warhol's death in 1987.) I was making things too complicated and hen there was one glaring lesson staring me in the face as I read Warhol's nightly recounts:

Whatever you do, do it all the way.

This can mean many things for many people, but Warhol literally exhibited it in everything he did.

He set out a plan from the time he realized what a celebrity was, and he decided that he would dedicate his life to reaching that status. He drew diligently every single day; it was a habit he would carry throughout his adulthood. Though he loathed to be called a social climber, Andy made sure his name were on the famed and public's lips when he set foot out of his Upper East Side home. And what's not to notice about a waifish white man in a white wig walking down Broadway? And the parties, vacations, speaking engagements – everything was an event, but it wasn't one at the same time, you know?

I have certainly struggled with doing what I want all the time. Whether in a relationship or different work environments, I've grappled with showing my full self because at first glimpse, it can make people uncomfortable when I act like myself. People have questioned my actions when I've felt like I was doing something simple or ordinary. That's just shown me that not everyone will get me or understand my point of view, what I do, how I speak, whatthefuckever, and that is perfectly fine. That's their right, and it's mine to act as how I want as well. So, thanks, Andy for being a weird, little mirror that I needed at the moment. 

There was a lot to dislike about Andy, though, as reading went on. He had racist tendencies and could be downright mean for his own enjoyment. In going over what happened in the previous night, it's fun to have the morning after routine with your girls, but to tell a one-sided story day after day made Andy just feel like a big gossip to me. It was definitely still salacious, but sometimes, it was a bit much, as though Andy were being mean just to be mean. 

I would recommend The Andy Warhol Diaries purely to paint your own visuals of what was one of the most exciting periods of New York City. It was truly amazing to hear all of the details of lavish parties and see it in my mind – really picture myself there. But just like the people who lived the true tales, if you're not careful, you can get swept up by the glitz and glamour. 

Below is audio of my favorite quotations from The Andy Warhol Diaries. Such wonderfully, shady quotes. Eat it up! 

And if you decide to pick up this book – kudos! – here's a special playlist inspired by The Andy Warhol Diaries. Listen. Enjoy.