Disco Inferno: How 1979’s Doofy and Dangerous Disco Demolition Night Foreshadowed The Alt-Right
Party Out Of Bounds / Trash

Disco Inferno: How 1979’s Doofy and Dangerous Disco Demolition Night Foreshadowed The Alt-Right

In our constantly accelerating culture of crazy from Trump’s Twitter tirades to Nunes’s nonsense memos to art world shenanigans like deciding xenophobic border wall prototypes are “art,” it can be difficult to find time to pause and reflect. But, sometimes the most ridiculous historical moments can have chilling contemporary resonances. Case in point–the late 1970s … Continue reading

Disco Ball As A Metaphor: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s “Never Stop Dancing”
Art

Disco Ball As A Metaphor: Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s “Never Stop Dancing”

I’m a sucker for disco balls. There, I said it. If anywhere or anything includes a mirror ball, I’m immediately a fan. I’m like a moth to a shimmering, glittering flame.

But beyond my lizard brain fixation with shiny objects, disco balls can be harnessed as a complex symbol–a metaphor for community, excess, escapism, utopia, self-fashioned identity and even, safety in nightlife. Continue reading

Dim All The Lights: Tim Lawrence’s ‘Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983’
Books

Dim All The Lights: Tim Lawrence’s ‘Life And Death On The New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983’

As a connoisseur and supporter of nightlife as an important domain for activism and art in the face of judgments of its superficiality and frivolity, I naturally jumped at the chance to dive into Tim Lawrence’s recently published study of New York nightlife Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983. At 600 pages, … Continue reading