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“Philip Guston Now” is an Unintentionally Perfect Satire of Contemporary Liberal Cultural Politics
Art

“Philip Guston Now” is an Unintentionally Perfect Satire of Contemporary Liberal Cultural Politics

“It is human to shy away from or ignore what makes us uncomfortable, but this practice unintentionally causes harm. You have an opportunity to lean into the discomfort of confronting racism on an experiential level as you view art that wrestles with America’s past and present racial tensions. You have every right to feel your … Continue reading

Are You Getting a Case of the Sinceres, Dear?: Nate Lippens’s “My Dead Book”
Books

Are You Getting a Case of the Sinceres, Dear?: Nate Lippens’s “My Dead Book”

I’m beginning to hate the phrase “chosen family.” Conducting an interview recently for a well-known “queer” publication, I felt myself physically recoil when an interviewee used that term. Why? Because like queer itself, the phrase, to me at least, feels increasingly hollow—emptied of all meaning—especially as queer becomes a brand identity and chosen families, the … Continue reading

Wet Your Lips and Make Love to the Camera: Filthy Dreams’ 59th Venice Biennale Arte Fashion Report
Art / Fashion / Filthy Dreams On Location

Wet Your Lips and Make Love to the Camera: Filthy Dreams’ 59th Venice Biennale Arte Fashion Report

On location of the 59th Venice Biennale Arte Preview for Filthy Dreams! In the next weeks, I’ll post an in-depth review of the main exhibition, The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani with anecdotes about accompanying national pavilions. First impression: EXTRAORDINARY! GROUNDBREAKING! But first, a FASHION REPORT: It’s impossible to see/experience this year’s Biennale … Continue reading

All My Love Forever: Warhol’s Love Stories That Art History Never Knew It Needed in “The Andy Warhol Diaries”
Art / Film

All My Love Forever: Warhol’s Love Stories That Art History Never Knew It Needed in “The Andy Warhol Diaries”

What if the artist who spent most of his career seeking to “be a machine” never really nailed it? That’s the central question of the aggravatingly flawed but incredibly moving Netflix docuseries The Andy Warhol Diaries, directed by Andrew Rossi. This expansive six-part series uses Warhol’s posthumously published diaries—or really his compulsive daily telephone ramblings … Continue reading

The Best Way to Follow the Russia-Ukraine War Is Through Beloved Instagram Cat Accounts (On Both Sides)
Trashy Tributes

The Best Way to Follow the Russia-Ukraine War Is Through Beloved Instagram Cat Accounts (On Both Sides)

“Outside my window, the world has gone to war.” That line, from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ song “(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?” struck me last week as I repeatedly listened to their 1997 album The Boatman’s Call. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, I’ve been trapped in that … Continue reading

5 Weird n’ Wonderful Things That Made Me Laugh in the Last 5 Months
Cries & Whispers

5 Weird n’ Wonderful Things That Made Me Laugh in the Last 5 Months

Hey there, Filthy Dreamers. Let me pose a rhetorical question: Even in the best of times, is there anything better than a good laugh-‘til-you-cry moment?  So by definition, a rhetorical question doesn’t need a reply, but can we just all agree that the answer is “Nope!” During the past two complicated years, well-written comedy has … Continue reading