Kill Yr Idols: What The Fuck Happened To Our Preeminent Filth Elder John Waters?
Blasphemy / Disappointment / Rants and Raves / Trash

Kill Yr Idols: What The Fuck Happened To Our Preeminent Filth Elder John Waters?

Are our idols destined to inevitably disappoint us? Are our role models preordained to fall short of our astronomical expectations? While some of our role models are known for their, at times, offensive outbursts (and we love them all the more for it), others have been so formative to our pathological world view that when … Continue reading

Tell Me I’m A Pathetic Loser With A Baby Dick: “Euphoria” And The Ubiquity Of The John Waters Aesthetic
Trash / TV

Tell Me I’m A Pathetic Loser With A Baby Dick: “Euphoria” And The Ubiquity Of The John Waters Aesthetic

“Yes folks, this isn’t any cheap X-rated movie or any 5th rate porno play, this is the show you want! Lady Divine’s cavalcade of perversions, the sleaziest show on Earth!…These assorted sluts, fags, dykes, pimps know no bounds! They have committed acts against God and nature, acts by their mere existence would make any decent … Continue reading

Demented Forever: John Waters’s “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom Of A Filth Elder”
Books / Trash

Demented Forever: John Waters’s “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom Of A Filth Elder”

Dear John, forgive us our sins…Dear John, forgive us our sins…Dear John…Whoa! What’s that? Oh, I’m just praying to the Father–no not Father who art in heaven, or John Wayne like Lana Del Rey in Tropico. I’m praying to our ultimate filth elder John Waters, hoping he’ll guide our way into filthiness, like a beacon … Continue reading

Tennessee Williams’s Paintings Are Terrible (And That’s Why I Love Them)
Art

Tennessee Williams’s Paintings Are Terrible (And That’s Why I Love Them)

“Now Orpheus, crawl, O shamefaced fugitive, crawl back under the crumbling broken wall of yourself, for you are not stars, sky-set in the shape of a lyre, but the dust of those who have been dismembered by Furies!” –Tennessee Williams “Orpheus Descending” In his ongoing Q&A newsletter The Red Hand Files last week (#20 if … Continue reading

Digging Through The Trash Aesthetic
Trash

Digging Through The Trash Aesthetic

“We are surrounded by everything you ever want,” purrs artist Andrew Logan, inviting viewers of homotopia.tv into the Glasshouse, his studio in London.[i] The Glasshouse resembles a Technicolor tumble through the looking glass if Alice sniffed poppers. His Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-esque studio is filled with giant eggs, regal tributes to Pegasus, and sculptures dedicated to outrageous … Continue reading

Divine Dolls, Pink Flamingos Bedsheets and Other Glimpses Of A Childhood I Never Had At La MaMa Galleria
Art

Divine Dolls, Pink Flamingos Bedsheets and Other Glimpses Of A Childhood I Never Had At La MaMa Galleria

Recently, I realized I was abused as a child. No, I didn’t discover some satanic ritual trauma while going through repressed memory therapy. I visited La MaMa Galleria’s current exhibition Lost Merchandise of the Dreamlanders, which confronted me with an idyllic John Waters-infused childhood I never had–a childhood where I could play tea party with … Continue reading

Yes, Mary, There Is Still Camp, But It’s Just Conservative Camp
Camp / Rants and Raves

Yes, Mary, There Is Still Camp, But It’s Just Conservative Camp

This week, i-D Magazine’s Amelia Abraham published a think piece asking, “Whatever Happened To Camp–Does It Still Exist?” Believe me, Mary, just that question made me recoil in horror. How DARE they wonder if camp still exists?! Why, as we’ve frequently shouted into the abyss here on Filthy Dreams, it’s more important than ever! In … Continue reading