Jill Johnston Author and Critic May 17, 1929 - September 18, 2010
It is quite possible that Jill Johnston is one of the most important, radical, and innovative writers of her time.
As Jill was a pioneer not just in dance criticism but in 20th century journalism and literature, dance analogies might be too limiting. . . . That said, as a dance critic she was our Merce Cunningham. Just as dance lost the last of its pioneering giants when Cunningham passed away last year, dance criticism has now lost the last of its giants.
Paul Ben-Itzak, Publisher, Dance Insider
The reputation of this rare primary source document [Marmalade Me, reissued] of the 1960s performance scene in New York has unquestionably grown since its original publication. It stands as a portrait of a pivotal decade in radical American art criticism and art.
Janice L. Ross
Johnston comes on like a flood, vivacious, mile-a-minute, with an uncontrollable eloquence.
New York Review of Books
Her legacy is stunning in it breadth, scope and social relevance. A longtime writer for the Village Voice, an author and cultural commentator, Johnston was always years ahead of her time. The literary world has lost a giant. . . . Time will prove that her literary legacy is unsurpassed.
Georgianne Nienaber, The Huffington Post
Someday, whenever the tangled histories of the interdisciplinary sixties art scene, of new journalism and experimental female/feminist autobiographical writing, or of lesbians and the avant-garde, get written, Jill Johnstons life and work will receive key billing. . . . Johnston was an originator. Her constant experimentation with language emerged from a genuine effort to record and communicate new and disruptive art forms, social realities, and states of consciousness.
Jill Johnston’s mind is one of the great female treasures. She doesn’t simply set forth her insides; on the contrary she delivers the near and distant complexities of her thought in language dressed to kill.
Johnston’s legacy likely will loom large . . .
Julie Bolcer, Advocate.com
At Sea On Land is a wild ride, at times comic, erudite, seductive, hard-headed, intensely political, and always written into the page. In its wrap-around shot at combining the lands of her birth and upbringing, respectively the UK and the USA, this is a Johnston classic.