Sep 26 2014 ∞
Sep 23 2014 ∞
“ Art’s best and darkest provocateurs have a certain unexpected vulnerability about them. It comes, I think, from their honesty about the human condition — from the risk inherent in standing up and saying, “Yes, I do think it’s as bad as all that,” even if the statement is hidden in poetry or fantasy or metaphor. Even if it means commercial suicide. There’s an earnestness to doing this, and a subtle indictment of the billions of us laboring under illusions (or trying to forget the reality) of how things are. Smarm is a kind of armor; even snark is a way of using humor to defuse horror. Boundary-busting artists from Jean Genet to Lars von Trier to Catherine Breillat to, most recently, Emma Sulkowicz don’t hide behind either. In their bleakness, they lay themselves bare.
— Reviewed Abel Ferrara’s ‘Pasolini’ and, in the process, finally made some progress on understanding my lifelong love for really dark, fucked-up art, especially on film, and the people who make it…
Sep 04 2014 ∞
“ When something as comfortingly frivolous as painting our nails becomes a reminder that we’re all just one unlucky Tinder right-swipe away from the emergency room, what psychic space do we even have left for fun?
I wrote this one.
Aug 20 2014 ∞
- me: your people really are fond of the word "dickhead"
- why do they like it so much?
- Tom: i have thought a lot about this
- i think that part of it is that it's so much fun to say
- with a real accent on the first syllable
- and it's so utilitarian and matter of fact
- like there are a million more elaborate insults
- but you're literally saying
- your head is a penis
- that's what i think of you
- you have a dick for a head
- it's hard to beat that really
- me: wow