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Anyway.
It would not be enough to say that Warhol's superstars conducted their 'screen tests', their drive to exposure, in some self administered climate of knowing Irony ... because that is simply not true.
There was a truly desperate push & shove going on there, psychaotic, psychotic/banal {just like Heat/Hello, Sun/Mirror}; and it is too easily forgotten e.g. that VALERIE SOLANAS, when push came to shove, was as much a PUPKINista as anything more cutting edge*: that one of her main demands of Warhol, even post-Shooting, was that as well as putting her in "more movies" he get her a booking on JOHNNY CARSON.

{*I.e., at the time she was hailed - or further exploited, depending on your POV - as the "first outstanding champion of woman's rights [Ti-Grace Atkinson] and "one of the most important spokeswomen of the feminist movement" [Florence Kennedy]
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"If you wanted to describe the back room of Max's in a, God forbid, negative way, you'd use words like 'desperation' or 'hysteria' - that sort of thing. [...] It was like a carniverous arena. There was always this buzz along the rialto: 'Andy's coming! Andy's coming!' All on this weird level of maybe he'll make this ultimate film or painting of me!"
{TERRY SOUTHERN, qtd in up-tight the velvet underground story ยท Victor Bockris / Gerard Malanga [Omnibus 1983]

Now there's a thought but ...
... that might just wake the BB house up: introduce a Valerie Solanas!

'Valerie publishes her own manifestoes... and hopes Big Brother will launch a career in scarily radical & radically alienating skin flicks "

Sun: VALLY GETS PALLY WITH SCALLY!
Mirror: VALLY DALLIES WITH GAL PAL STEFFY!
Star: BB GOES 'BI BI' WITH BIG BULL DYKE . . .


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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Well, I'm kinda getting my patience back.

Even if this nu-from blogger is still an impossible and perplexing maze.

Never mind that even with breathing-exercise-assisted patience and posting this stuff in tiny increments and the whole thing taking like SIX attempts and EIGHT hours when before it would have taken ONE go at 40 minutes ... it's still playing MIND GAMES with me!

{So if you find DOUBLES here: blame BLOGGER, not me.
It prints two versions of something; then you DELETE one of 'em - and IT RECORDS IT AS DELETED - but go to the page itself and IT ISN'T AT ALL. Then it is.}

You get this bloody FLASHING MESSAGE {see Pill Box ibid} about how long it's taking to post your unfeasibly large blog (which, in reality, is a mere scrap) and this has gone on for 15 minutes now so your press STOP the next time it begins to happen at 5 minutes.
And - lo and behold - it's printed the damn thing!
So why does it then go on for 15 minutes saying it's still having protracted trouble printing the sodding thing?
Who knows.

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posted by Ian 7/10/2003 01:52:00 PM

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