"During thirty years of astonishing activity as a filmmaker, photographer, and performer, Jack Smith produced a body of creative, antic writing that intersects and transcends the genres of hothouse fantasy, criticism, and social comment. Bringing together long unavailable essays, performance scripts, interviews, and other material, 'Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool' reveals the ideas and personality of an artist whose distinctive vision had influenced generations of filmmakers and performance artists. With caustic wit, Smith praises the performances of Maria Montez as well as the sculpture of Walter de Maria, examines the cult success of Reefer Madness and the uses of pornography, and discusses the perils of democracy, the evils of property and the police state, art history, and architecture." -- publisher's statement. Edited by J. Hoberman and Edward Leffingwell.