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

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

Ivanka Trump, Get Your Feet Off The Art!: A Meme Response
Art / Trash

Ivanka Trump, Get Your Feet Off The Art!: A Meme Response

Last night, presidential prodigal daughter Ivanka Trump posted a tweet that shook the art world to its core, forcing arts lovers to see dots and clutch their collective pearls. “Discovering new spots in D.C.,” Ivanka enthusiastically tweeted with a photograph of herself perched like a princess on seminal artist Yayoi Kusama‘s installation Obliteration Room at the Hirshhorn Museum’s insanely … Continue reading

No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres
Art / Music

No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres

“It’s almost embarrassing to acknowledge how good things are…There’s something abnormal about it,” reflects Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas in an interview with FADER. With the release of his new album this week No Shape, a transcendent ode to romanticism, love and domesticity as redemption, Perfume Genius raises the question: What does utopia sound like? Continue reading