“If You’re Watching This Video, You’re A Loser”: Nikocado Avocado Is The American Dream This Fourth of July
America Is Doomed / Art / Trash

“If You’re Watching This Video, You’re A Loser”: Nikocado Avocado Is The American Dream This Fourth of July

*waves American flag wildly* Well, hello there, dearest Filthy Dreams patriots! What’s that? Why am I feeling just so proud of our fair nation on this 4th of July? Maybe it’s because I finally believe in the American dream again! Sure, we all know that the post-World War II dream of a suburban house, a … Continue reading

Non-Fungible-Outsidery-Objects That I Would Accept as a Gift (If You’re Feeling Generous)
Art

Non-Fungible-Outsidery-Objects That I Would Accept as a Gift (If You’re Feeling Generous)

As one of those annoying and agendaless hangers-on at the Outsider Art Fair these last few years, I couldn’t resist the additional prospect of artist/socialite Takashi Murakami making time between his mass-market endeavors to oversee a large-scale group exhibition of around two hundred sculptural works by approximately 60 visionary and vernacular folk artists from around … Continue reading

Manspreading And Oppression Olympics: What Is Up With The Wall Labels In The Met’s “Alice Neel: People Come First”?
Art

Manspreading And Oppression Olympics: What Is Up With The Wall Labels In The Met’s “Alice Neel: People Come First”?

Have you ever seen a painting of a male nude described as “an egregious demonstration of manspreading”? Me neither. Sure, if a dude is sitting on a train or a bus (preferably not nude, but it’s been known to happen), legs akimbo and junk exposed, ignoring the presence of anyone nearby as he takes up … Continue reading

John Waters Teaches Us How To Properly Worship Our Idols With “Prayer To Pasolini”
Art / Blasphemy / Film / Role Models / Trash

John Waters Teaches Us How To Properly Worship Our Idols With “Prayer To Pasolini”

I wasn’t prepared to hear John Waters speak in tongues. I’m not sure why. What is there left to do after over fifty years of spreading the sordid slime of good bad taste around the globe than falling to your knees where your role model’s testicles were crushed before he was mowed over repeatedly with … Continue reading

I Was One Thing, Now I’m Being Another: The Many Faces of Lana Del Rey in Mike Egan’s “Lana”
Art / Music

I Was One Thing, Now I’m Being Another: The Many Faces of Lana Del Rey in Mike Egan’s “Lana”

Could all of Nico’s features on The Velvet Underground & Nico relate to Lana Del Rey? Not only does Nico’s narcotic robotic drone herald Lana’s own deadpan beginnings on Born to Die, but “Femme Fatale” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties” feel as if they were tailor-made to be covered by our blessed hypnotic chanteuse. Continue reading

Wherever You Are, Darling, I’m Not That Far Behind: A Trip Through A Familiar Apocalypse With Nick Cave And Warren Ellis’ “Carnage”
Art / Music

Wherever You Are, Darling, I’m Not That Far Behind: A Trip Through A Familiar Apocalypse With Nick Cave And Warren Ellis’ “Carnage”

  Nick Cave’s epic poem The Sick Bag Song opens with a leap into the abyss. “A boy climbs a riverbank. He steps onto a railway bridge. He is twelve years old,” it begins. Walking on this bridge, the boy stands at the middle, gazing down at the river below with a “half-felled tree” that … Continue reading

The Human Body as War Zone and Receptacle of Pain: The Body Art of Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak’s “The Torture of the 100 Pieces”
Art / Books

The Human Body as War Zone and Receptacle of Pain: The Body Art of Martin Bladh and Karolina Urbaniak’s “The Torture of the 100 Pieces”

Represented by a logo of a human eye and eyebrow, with the eye acting as a razor blade, Infinity Land Press is, by its own website’s description, “a press that provides exclusive, clandestine publications which are inoculated against the circulatory system of the established book market.” Created and founded by artists Martin Bladh and Karolina … Continue reading

Throw, Throw, Throw Yer Coats!: 20 Things I Would Steal From “Studio 54: Night Magic”
Art / Fashion / Music / Party Out Of Bounds

Throw, Throw, Throw Yer Coats!: 20 Things I Would Steal From “Studio 54: Night Magic”

The Brooklyn Museum’s latest offering Studio 54: Night Magic, curated and designed by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, could, for some discerning spectators, be alternately called Studio 54: Lite. The curatorial focus is, of course, on fashion and design, so adjust your expectations as such. It’s about meticulous attention to lavish … Continue reading