Look, even if you (like me) have read a lot of outsider shock novels from the 90s, it’s still a lot to read a dude’s graphic murder fantasies for 130 pages.
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This month we stretch our muscles by getting into some ~literary fiction~! More precisely, the work of Dennis Cooper, a big name in queer outsider art who influenced previous DBC alumni Billy Martin (aka Poppy Z Brite) and Chuck Palahniuk and whose published alongside inevitable future subject Brett Easton Ellis.
FRISK, the story of a dude who has a lot of sex and even more fantasies about violently murdering his partners, is considered his most intimidating work so….let’s plunge right into that deep end! Pack a bag, because we did a LOT of extra reading for this one. Also, all the content warnings. My God, all of them.
CONTENT WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault, pedophilia, coprophagia, water sports, snuff, necrophilia, graphic descriptions of gore/dismemberment, racism, queerphobia, transphobia, grooming, ageism, and misogyny.
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
William S Burroughs’ Nike Commercial
Cooper’s Formalism and The Sluts
Interview w/ Cooper’s Biographer
Article BY Cooper’s Biographer
Personal Relationships in Cooper’s Writing (Salon)
Not Like Other Gays (Honcho Magazine)
1:00 Content Warnings
9:00 A Helpful Timeline
14:00 OH Shit, it’s the Frankfurt School
26:00 Sexual, Not Erotic
30:00 The Sad But Not Ballad of Dennis Cooper
42:00 “In Your Lane” vs “Blinkers On”
57:00 Interview Diving
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