I Put A Spell On You: RAGGA NYC’s ‘All The Threatened And Delicious Things Joining One Another’
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I Put A Spell On You: RAGGA NYC’s ‘All The Threatened And Delicious Things Joining One Another’

“A thing is mighty big when time and distance cannot shrink it,” writes Zora Neale Hurston in Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica. I picked up Hurston’s nonfictional dive into the amalgamation of Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions in the small Faulkner House Books in New Orleans, another city known for its long held connection … Continue reading

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

It’s Strange What Desire Will Make Foolish People Do: Feminist Utopia In Pipilotti Rist’s ‘Pixel Forest’
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It’s Strange What Desire Will Make Foolish People Do: Feminist Utopia In Pipilotti Rist’s ‘Pixel Forest’

I drool when I nap. Yep. It’s not pretty, dearest Filthy Dreams readers, but as Mariah Carey slurred in her New Year’s eve performance/art/train wreck, “it is what it is.”

Yesterday, that over-salivation both almost killed me and gave me inspiration. I dreamed I was drowning. While I couldn’t breathe in reality, in my mind, I was immersed underwater with a slow, rhythmic, Rorschach-like imagery. A bikini-sporting body appeared and disappeared in spurts of bubbles, a beaded heart sank to the bottom of the sea and a childlike voice, reminiscent of Björk, crooned Chris Isaak’s heartbroken “Wicked Game.” Continue reading

Dennis Cooper’s Violations: A Conversation On Google’s Deletion Of DC’s Blog, GIF Novels and Censorship
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Dennis Cooper’s Violations: A Conversation On Google’s Deletion Of DC’s Blog, GIF Novels and Censorship

Most users don’t know that Google can delete your blog and email for the sole, vague reason of “violations of terms of service.” This nightmare scenario happened this June to one of Filthy Dreams’ favorite writers Dennis Cooper, erasing over a decade of content, email correspondence and a draft of his GIF novel Zac’s Freight Elevator.  Launched … Continue reading

Progress, Real and Imagined: Nicole Eisenman’s Temporal Drag in ‘Al-ugh-ories’
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Progress, Real and Imagined: Nicole Eisenman’s Temporal Drag in ‘Al-ugh-ories’

In the catalogue for her current exhibition Al-ugh-ories at the New Museum, artist Nicole Eisenman responds to a question on her employment of painting by the Museum’s Artistic Director Massimiliano Gioni who asks, “Did you feel that you were taking on a slightly anachronistic medium?” Eisenman replies, “That never occurred to me. Maybe it had … Continue reading