“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

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

From the Filthy Dreams Kitchen: Revoltingly Romantic Recipes to Give Your Beloved Heartburn This Valentine’s Day
Filthy Food Fantasies / Trash

From the Filthy Dreams Kitchen: Revoltingly Romantic Recipes to Give Your Beloved Heartburn This Valentine’s Day

L is for Love, baby. O is for Only you that I do. V is for loving Virtually all that you are and E is for loving almost Everything you do. R is for…*cough* Ahem…why hello there, my sugary Filthy Dreams sweethearts! What’s that? Oh, I’m just singing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ maniacal … Continue reading

Trump’s New 45 Wine & Whiskey Is the Best Bar for Considering the End of America
America Is Doomed / Camp / Filthy Dreams On Location / Trash

Trump’s New 45 Wine & Whiskey Is the Best Bar for Considering the End of America

“Watch the wire.” That’s what I was warned as I maneuvered my way around marble-topped tables and White House gewgaws at the new 45 Wine & Whiskey Bar, a Trump-themed Trump bar at Trump Tower on a recent Friday night, trying to reach two plush high-backed dusty magenta chairs that wouldn’t look out of place … Continue reading