Blake Butler’s Novel “Alice Knott” Is a Tale of Psychological Disintegration for the Age of Disassociation
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Blake Butler’s Novel “Alice Knott” Is a Tale of Psychological Disintegration for the Age of Disassociation

If I had a favorite narrative genre, it would be what I like to call “psychological disintegration.” I’ve long been seduced by madness, the deterioration of identity. The descent into madness of the lonely civil servant Poprishchin in Gogol’s Diary of a Mad Man. The identity confusion of Trelkovsky in novelist and artist Roland Topor’s … Continue reading

All The Boys I Loved Would Leave…All These Boys Are Dead: Thomas Moore’s “Alone”
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All The Boys I Loved Would Leave…All These Boys Are Dead: Thomas Moore’s “Alone”

Ever since the Great Toilet Paper Hoard of 2020, marking the start of quarantine, the Internet has been full of people howling into the abyss about the agonizing pain their gnawing isolation, a collective holler of loneliness that can, at times, overpower even the accounts of people suffering through COVID-19. Months later, all these lonely … Continue reading

“If you really loved me…you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying”: Diarmuid Hester’s “Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper”
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“If you really loved me…you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying”: Diarmuid Hester’s “Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper”

“If you really loved me…”–Ziggy slugs–“you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying.” This is John Waters’ favorite line from Dennis Cooper’s George Miles Cycle, read in a surprise appearance at an event at NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections in 2000 celebrating the publication of the final book of the Cycle, Period. Specifically deriving from … Continue reading

You Are A Star And You Only Happen Once: madison moore’s “Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric”
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You Are A Star And You Only Happen Once: madison moore’s “Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric”

“I want you to teach me how to be fabulous,” pleads Macaulay Culkin inhabiting the role of infamous club kid Michael Alig in 2003’s cheeseball Party Monster. In response, Seth Green’s James St. James spits back, “We have nothing in common,” picks up his metal lunchbox/purse, and changes his mind, quoting William Blake: “The road … Continue reading