A collection of writings culled from Diamanda's performance texts and notes, the works comprising this book read well as poems and prose pieces, and give readers valuable insight into Galas's message and methods of composition. The words lose none of their power when relocated to the page from Galas' vocal projection. Galas, as studied a theologian as any produced by the clergy, here turns the Fundamentalist perspective on Chirstianity on its head; she utilizes the Bible as a springboard for her meditations on the right of the afflicted (particularly People With AIDS and the insane) to compassion and the immunity of the diseased from judgement by man. Ultimately, she creates a new vehicle of empowerment for the heretofore "victimized." Aligning herself with the condemned, the castigated and the demonized, she emerges as the avatar of the Holy, seen robed in the filth of the Rebel by the warped visions of the hypocrite evangelist. Known until now as "The Voice," Diamanda Galas here proves herself just as moving and effective in her role as "The Writer."