Hex Signs and Butt Plugs: Pennsylvania Dutch Perversions in Anne Buckwalter’s “Reins on a Rocking Horse” at Rachel Uffner Gallery
Art

Hex Signs and Butt Plugs: Pennsylvania Dutch Perversions in Anne Buckwalter’s “Reins on a Rocking Horse” at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Bearded Amish men creating traffic jams in horse-drawn buggies. Shoofly pies, whoopie pies, and apple butter bake sales staffed by women in plain cotton dresses. Worn farmhouses adorned with painted barn stars. Wooden rockers and star-laden quilts. These are the quaint scenes that immediately come to my mind when considering the aesthetics of Pennsylvania Dutch … Continue reading

Brandi Twilley Memorializes the Home of Rock Bottom (Prices) at Sargent’s Daughters
Art

Brandi Twilley Memorializes the Home of Rock Bottom (Prices) at Sargent’s Daughters

There is something existentially terrifying about American big-box grocery stores. Maybe it’s just me. Shamefully, I have melted down in more than a few ginormous supermarkets across the country, sniping at family members over muffins and abandoning shopping baskets in the cereal aisle in a panic. I know I’ve fashioned myself as a supporter of … Continue reading

The Ice Spice Munchkins Drink Is the Height of American Ingenuity in 2023
America Is Doomed / Filthy Food Fantasies / Trash

The Ice Spice Munchkins Drink Is the Height of American Ingenuity in 2023

I have a thing for freakish fast-food menu items. Always have. Back when Facebook wasn’t the platform for Boomer rage, I frequently amused myself by putting up the latest in chain publicity stunt psychosis for group consensus. Looking back, KFC’s Famous Bowl, a glop of every conceivable menu item, from chicken to mashed potatoes to … Continue reading

Yesterday’s Schlock Is Today’s Treasure in “The Camp Followers’ Guide!”
Books / Camp

Yesterday’s Schlock Is Today’s Treasure in “The Camp Followers’ Guide!”

Our new Bible (all photos by moi) Susan Sontag may have written the most renowned and widely considered definitive consideration of camp, but let’s be honest, Susie could not be camp if her public intellectual life depended on it. Regarding the Pain of Others, Illness as Metaphor, or even, On Photography aren’t exactly laugh riots! … Continue reading

Stop Trying to Cock-Block America: “The Idol” Is a Trash Masterpiece
Trash / TV

Stop Trying to Cock-Block America: “The Idol” Is a Trash Masterpiece

Blame it on the cum shot. That’s all it took for me to fall permanently and irrevocably in love with HBO’s widely loathed, universally mocked, critically maligned, and now-officially canceled and “canceled” show The Idol, created by Euphoria‘s Sam Levinson, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, and Reza Fahim, all of whom have been unfairly raked … Continue reading

Is That All There Is to a Fire?: Not According to Naudline Pierre’s Kingdom of Flaming Creatures at The Drawing Center
Art

Is That All There Is to a Fire?: Not According to Naudline Pierre’s Kingdom of Flaming Creatures at The Drawing Center

I’ve recently experienced a religious conversion—become born-again if you will. At least where art is concerned. For decades I avoided Medieval art like the plague due to (what I felt at the time was) its revolting connection to Christianity at its most conservative, a kneejerk response after reading too much Christopher Hitchens as a contrarian … Continue reading

Fuck It All!: Thomas Kinkade Goes Dark and Other American Shitposts in Jordan Sullivan’s “Booze, Bullshit & Buttfucking”
Books

Fuck It All!: Thomas Kinkade Goes Dark and Other American Shitposts in Jordan Sullivan’s “Booze, Bullshit & Buttfucking”

I’ve recently been suffering from a fever. No, not that kind of fever. I’ve been struck with a Thomas Kinkade fever! Yes, the less-than-esteemed painter of shopping mall schlock (before the fall of malls) and the bane of snotty critics recoiling at the satiated bad tastebuds of Americans enamored with all those little queasily quaint … Continue reading

Never Can Say Goodbye: Eric Sneathen Conjures Gaétan Dugas (Aka ‘Patient Zero’) and Other Ghosts in “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
Books / Poetry

Never Can Say Goodbye: Eric Sneathen Conjures Gaétan Dugas (Aka ‘Patient Zero’) and Other Ghosts in “Don’t Leave Me This Way”

Eric Sneathen’s Don’t Leave Me This Way, published recently by Nightboat Books, is a ghost story. Ok, the book is not a ghost story in any traditional sense. There are no vengeful ghosts banging open closets or throwing silverware around after being summoned by a Ouija Board or, as in Danny and Michael Philippou’s film … Continue reading

“It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According To Hannah Gadsby” Doesn’t Make Any Goddamn Sense (Or Go Far Enough)
Art

“It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According To Hannah Gadsby” Doesn’t Make Any Goddamn Sense (Or Go Far Enough)

What does a deep-throating, tongue-heavy interspecies make-out session between famed feminist artist, meat writher, and interior scroll yanker Carolee Schneemann and her cat have to do with Pablo Picasso? Is there some tenuous link between Carolee’s hot and steamy pussy-licking, Infinity Kisses II, and Pablo’s looming animalistic Minotaur draftsman cosplay? Are they both aspiring furries? … Continue reading

American Schemers and Dreamers: Zany Tales from a Nation in Decline in Drew Buxton’s “So Much Heart”
Books

American Schemers and Dreamers: Zany Tales from a Nation in Decline in Drew Buxton’s “So Much Heart”

Americans are never happier than when they’re getting in on a scam. Or so said comedian Tim Dillon in a set I saw at The Stand in April (and as a former subprime mortgage hocker, he should know). If he’s right—and as much as I’ve rambled about con art as America’s foremost artistic discipline on … Continue reading