Published by E.P. Dutton New York, NY 1971
The New York Times Book Review
In the early sixties Johnston was the most interesting and per-ceptive writer on the emerging generation of modern dancers, chronicling their comings and goings with a dedication that no one else manifested and showing a discerning interest in their works.
New York Magazine
"If anyone in the future wants to find out about the sixties, he will have to read Jill Johnston's column," [said John Perreault] . . . referring to Jill Johnston's famous reportage on far-out dance events that appeared in the Village Voice through the nineteen-sixties. The better part of "Dance Journal" has now appeared in book form as Marmalade Me. It is these percep-tive, detailed eye-witness descriptions of the new dance, plus a real understanding of what was taking place, that gives Marmalade Me its historical interest. . . "It is poetry. It is criticism. It is history. It is self-revelation," wrote Gregory Battcock. This is true. Jill Johnston's subconscious, like a well-fed computer, gets progressively more lucid and articulate.
Marmalade Me is an anthology of articles by Jill Johnston that first appeared in her weekly quote dance unquote column for the Village Voice. The time span is the Soaring Sixties, when everybody was perpetually high and perpetually crashing. The topics range from New York multi-media happenings and concerts to I-narrative trips across the US and Europe. Johnston's style . . . is brilliant. There are one-liner gems scattered throughout like stars: "Genius is a faculty for clever theft."
. . . Jill Johnston is regarded as a natural force to be feared, coaxed, contained, jousted with, enjoyed, never ignored.
Johnston was clearly a genius. Last time I tried to buy Marmalade Me, it was out of print and Amazon had used copies starting at 125 dollars......