Plastic Fantastic Lover: Amanda Lepore’s “Doll Parts”
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Plastic Fantastic Lover: Amanda Lepore’s “Doll Parts”

Amanda Lepore isn’t afraid of exposing herself. Whether showing up to chic events near or completely naked or purring over club hits like “Champagne” (“I drink champagne in the morning/I drink champagne in the afternoon”) and “My Pussy” (“My pussy is famous/My pussy is expensive”) with Larry Tee, Lepore puts herself (and her pussy) out there. … Continue reading

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

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

Picking Up The Trash Aesthetics In “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class In America”
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Picking Up The Trash Aesthetics In “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class In America”

In Divine’s classic hit song “Born To Be Cheap,” that bewigged bastion of filth snarls, “As sure as there’s trash, I was born to be cheap!” Not only a rallying cry for gaudy girls everywhere, Divine also hits on an important factoid: Trash is forever. Not just those bags of garbage dumped at the side … Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”
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There’s No Place Like Home: Tom Atwood’s “Kings & Queens In Their Castles”

Home can reveal so much about a person. Yes, this is an obvious cliché, but an individual’s architectural and interior design sensibilities–not to mention their cornucopia of tacky knick-knacks scattered around their existence–speaks volumes. This truism relates perhaps even more to queer individuals. Since, at the very least, the Decadents at the turn of the … Continue reading