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It’s More Like Beanie Baby Bankruptcy: A Conversation on “Beanie Mania”
America Is Doomed / Film / Scams / Trash

It’s More Like Beanie Baby Bankruptcy: A Conversation on “Beanie Mania”

America is a series of scams. That’s the only conclusion to come to after watching HBO Max’s documentary Beanie Mania, directed by Yemisi Brookes, which explores the brand of capitalism unique to the United States as filtered through the Beanie Baby frenzy of the late 1990s: get rich quick schemes, exploitation of workers, tax evasion, … Continue reading

The Number 1 Station to Free Your Soul: Riding Through Purgatory with The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM”
Music

The Number 1 Station to Free Your Soul: Riding Through Purgatory with The Weeknd’s “Dawn FM”

Purgatory has been on my mind recently. Can you blame me? We’re yet again in another COVID surge, full of governmental gaslighting, confusing market-driven public health guidance, all the boosters you can stand, explosive fights over masks, tests, vaccines, remote work, and remote school, a president that seems to be increasingly addled, grocery and drug … Continue reading

BRACE! BRACE! BRACE!: Filthy Dreams’ 10 Most-Read Essays of 2021
Lists / Trash

BRACE! BRACE! BRACE!: Filthy Dreams’ 10 Most-Read Essays of 2021

“I love cheese–Du dum! I love CHEEEEEEESE! DU-DUM!” Oh, why hello there, faithful Filthy Dreams readers! What’s that? Oh, I’m just singing the iconic song by YouTube mukbanger and the filthiest person alive, Nikocado Avocado, who has become a particular obsession of ours this year! You’re not familiar?! How DARE you? Watch any number of … Continue reading

6 Videos To Watch While Waiting For The Second Coming of JFK Jr. This Thanksgiving
Camp / Film

6 Videos To Watch While Waiting For The Second Coming of JFK Jr. This Thanksgiving

Why hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams gobblers! What’s that? You’re excited for the second annual pandemic Thanksgiving?! Well, who isn’t, my little stuffed turklets! When Filthy Dreams was originally conceived as a camp twist on the idea of Nietzsche’s eternal return—a show happening on the hour every hour—a decade ago, we never quite realized how … Continue reading

Diana-rama!: Why Does Princess Di Inspire Such Schlock (And Why Do I Love It So)?
Camp / Film / Trash

Diana-rama!: Why Does Princess Di Inspire Such Schlock (And Why Do I Love It So)?

In the latter half of the year of our Lord—or really Lady—2021, I decided to become a Princess Diana obsessive. That’s right, send me all your purple Princess Diana Beanie Babies that you’ve been squirreling away under your beds since the late 1990s just in case they finally become worth more than NFTs. I’m now … Continue reading