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For The Last Time: Obsessing About Twin Peaks: The Return ‘Parts 1 & 2’
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For The Last Time: Obsessing About Twin Peaks: The Return ‘Parts 1 & 2’

While I know Filthy Dreams mainly writes about art, I’m convinced the revival of Twin Peaks: The Return, a masterpiece of surrealism, dream states and nightmarish non-linearity might be one of the defining cultural moments of my time. And I’m only on the fourth episode! Take that Whitney Biennial! F off Venice Biennale! So to … Continue reading

Gagging On The Endless Cycle Of Violence With Nancy Spero in ‘Maypole: Take No Prisoners’
Art

Gagging On The Endless Cycle Of Violence With Nancy Spero in ‘Maypole: Take No Prisoners’

In The Art of Cruelty, Maggie Nelson cites a letter by an “aggrieved” Brigham Young student responding to Brian Evenson’s uber-violent Altmann’s Tongue. The student dramatically exclaimed, “I feel like someone who has eaten something poisonous and is desperate to get rid of it” (94). As Nelson reflects on the unnamed student’s letter: “The imbibing … Continue reading

The Queerest Of The Queer: Tangling With ‘Queer Art’ In Ariel Goldberg’s ‘The Estrangement Principle’
Books

The Queerest Of The Queer: Tangling With ‘Queer Art’ In Ariel Goldberg’s ‘The Estrangement Principle’

Ariel Goldberg’s The Estrangement Principle–a roving, multi-year investigation into the labels “queer art” and, to a lesser extent, “queer literature”–could not come at a better time. I don’t know about you, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, but have you noticed that it’s become a little queerer recently? At least to me, it seems like the term … Continue reading

Same, Girl: Vibing with Amy Feldman’s ‘Nerve Reserve’
Art

Same, Girl: Vibing with Amy Feldman’s ‘Nerve Reserve’

There is something comforting about seeing proof that someone else feels the same way you do, a tactile representation of emotional exhaustion and bleak pessimism given everything *gestures* going on. Amy Feldman, I feel you. Feldman’s Nerve Reserve at James Cohan Gallery touches upon the artist’s own personal history with anxiety, and the inner turmoil … Continue reading

But Whips And Chains Excite Me: Black Female Sexuality And BDSM In “Sexual Fragments Absent”
Art

But Whips And Chains Excite Me: Black Female Sexuality And BDSM In “Sexual Fragments Absent”

“Sticks and stones my break my bones, but chains and whips excite me,” purrs Rihanna in her 2010 hit “S&M.” While “S&M” could easily be brushed off as yet another pop star attempting to define her image as “bad,” Rihanna’s evocation of BDSM and the pleasure of whips, chains and the smell of sex goes … Continue reading