In Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life,” It Doesn’t Get Better
Books

In Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life,” It Doesn’t Get Better

I’ve never contemplated jumping out a window while clutching an over 800 page book before reading Hanya Yanagihara’s distressing, bleaker than bleak novel A Little Life. Published in 2015, Yanagihara describes the writing of her book as “a fever dream.” And well, it’s not that much different to read–a bildungsroman filtered through extreme, seemingly unending … Continue reading

Can Alice Neel And Hilton Als Teach The Art World About Representation?
Art

Can Alice Neel And Hilton Als Teach The Art World About Representation?

An unintentional side effect of the recent uproar over the inclusion of Dana Schutz’s Open Casket in the Whitney Biennial is it raised important if seemingly self-explanatory questions about how white artists should ethically represent people of color and their experiences. And no, I’m not praising its ill-conceived inclusion as “opening a conversation.” I’m sure … Continue reading

Down The Rabbit Hole: The Ridiculous Theater Of The White House Easter Egg Roll
Trash

Down The Rabbit Hole: The Ridiculous Theater Of The White House Easter Egg Roll

There’s nothing more convincing of the absolute triumph of a bizarre mixture of surrealism and farce like watching President Donald Trump appear next to a giant bespectacled Easter Bunny that looks positively stunned at the circus surrounding him. Like Bun Buns, I too watched yesterday’s first Trump administration Easter Egg Roll with my jaw dropped and a … Continue reading

Daddy’s Not-So Little Life: Preserving The Queer Southern Experience In The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett
Art

Daddy’s Not-So Little Life: Preserving The Queer Southern Experience In The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett

How do you measure a life? Through jars full of trash gathered during trips to Bourbon Street, Rodeo Drive and the King’s mecca, Graceland? Through a smattering of graveyard dirt collected from the graves of loved ones? Through precisely written tags on toothbrushes and assorted tchotchkes, saved for decades? Through a 585-page inventory? Well, according … Continue reading

If I Could Buy The World Some Sense: A Shot-By-Shot Interpretation of Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial
Camp / Trash

If I Could Buy The World Some Sense: A Shot-By-Shot Interpretation of Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial

Yesterday, as many dear Filthy Dreams readers must know, Pepsi released a dumpster fire in the form of a commercial, starring Kendall Jenner, which basically distilled everything about protest, the Black Lives Matter and even, the hope of intersectionality down into a milquetoast, feel-good cola shill. It was stunning in both its hilarity and its … Continue reading