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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Twink Studies

Since late 2015, I have been compiling references and conducting interviews for my future book Twink Studies. Despite the plethora of writing on bears, leathermen, radical faeries and more, there is not the same level of detail out there when it comes to twinks. Twinks are variously described as “thin, smooth, and buff”, “slim or … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Twink Studies

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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Video Game Photography

A personal association of games with photography and film has been with me since the gift of a Nintendo 64 as a child. Super Mario 64 was the first 3D game I had ever played, quite a jump from my previous experience with the Nintendo Entertainment System and Atari. Super Mario 64’s immersive landscape and … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Video Game Photography

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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Visual Music and Colorful Video Art

As an artist newly interested in the digital video format,  I have been exploring the works of artists both in analog film and digital video to better understand possibilities within the medium. Video art is a kind of tiny nest egg within the broader category of experimental cinema, though it is video art and visual … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Visual Music and Colorful Video Art

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GENDERQUEER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES – Julia Serano’s Holistic Gender Concept

Julia Serano’s Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive (2013) is an essential, timely book that I was incredibly excited to finally read just recently. Packed with personal essays and detailed analyses of the ways that LGBTQ movements can harmfully police one another – and the tools needed to change that – I would highly … Continue reading GENDERQUEER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES – Julia Serano’s Holistic Gender Concept

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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Dan Wreck and Marilyn Roxie Present … Rowland S. Howard (Part 2)

Originally posted on the previous incarnation of Dennis Cooper’s Blog. This section was written by Dan. Teenage Snuff Film (1999) “You’re bad for me like cigarettes, but I haven’t sucked enough of you yet”     It may or may not be hyperbole to say that after I heard those opening words to “Dead Radio”, … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Dan Wreck and Marilyn Roxie Present … Rowland S. Howard (Part 2)

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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Dan Wreck and Marilyn Roxie Present … Rowland S. Howard (Part 1)

Originally posted on the previous incarnation of Dennis Cooper’s Blog. Intro   Rowland S. Howard (1959 – 2009) was a member of The Young Charlatans, Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party, Crime & the City Solution, and These Immortal Souls. He also made a frustratingly small number of solo records, and collaborated with Nikki Sudden, … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Dan Wreck and Marilyn Roxie Present … Rowland S. Howard (Part 1)

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Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Asian Male Ball Jointed Dolls

Originally posted on the previous incarnation of Dennis Cooper’s Blog. “Ball-jointed doll” is a descriptor that can be applied to any doll, past or present, made with balls inserted into the joint sockets for human-like movement. However, today the acronym BJD (sometimes ABJD) tends to refer to ball-jointed dolls produced in Asia, or those made … Continue reading Dennis Cooper’s Blog: Marilyn Roxie presents … Asian Male Ball Jointed Dolls

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List-Making

Most Influential Moving Image Works (in no particular order)

Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley – Like Cattle Towards Glow

James Bidgood – Pink Narcissus

Chris Marker – La jetée

Franc Roddam – Quadrophenia

Ed Emshwiller – Sunstone

Ryan Trecartin – Valentine’s Day Girl

Toshio Matsumoto – Everything Visible is Empty

Kenneth Anger – Fireworks

Derek Jarman – The Angelic Conversation

Toyin Ibidapo – Wind in the Wires (Patrick Wolf)

Stan Brakhage – Mothlight

Shaye Saint’s John – Skin Tape

Paul Sharits – T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G

John Whitney – Matrix III

 

Most Influential Books (in no particular order)

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die edited by Robert Dimery

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

Cult of Boys by Toyin Ibidapo

I Blame Jordan by Collier Schorr

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

Frisk by Dennis Cooper

Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self by Paul Roquet

Disavowals: Or Cancelled Confessions by Claude Cahun

Derek Jarman Super 8 by James MacKay

Ghost Image by Hervé Guibert

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus

 

Most Influential Albums (in no particular order)

Danielle Dax – Dark Adapted Eye

Television – Marquee Moon

Suicide – The Second Album

Siouxsie and the Banshees – A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

Pictureplane – Thee Physical

Natural Snow Buildings – Daughter of Darkness

The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace

Coil – Horse Rotorvator

Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers

Yello – Stella

The Libertines – Up the Bracket

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

The Doors – The Doors

Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine

Spacemen 3 – The Perfect Prescription

Twink Studies

Twink Studies will be my first book and the first book ever to discuss twink identity and subculture in-depth. Few journals or mainstream publications have ever delved into twinkhood. Standing in a liminal place between masculinity and femininity and carrying a bit of baggage from each side, twinks are simultaneously described as “thin, smooth, and buff”, “slim or waiflike”, “effeminate”, and “presumably shallow and air-headed”. Anticipated release in fall 2018.

If you identify, or have been labeled by others, as a twink, or are otherwise connected (as a friend, in a relationship) to twink identity, I am currently seeking out interviewees. Fill out this survey form using the fields below and they will get back to you soon with follow-up questions. Thank you for your interest and participation.

Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper and I at Like A Cattle Towards Glow screening (Alamo Drafthouse, San Francisco)

I have written a series of guest posts for Dennis Cooper’s Blog from 2013-2016. Dennis is my favorite contemporary author and I have been incredibly honored to explore some of my personal endeavors — such as trekking through his body of literature for every musical reference in his books, or delving into the growing art form of video game photography — through sharing them with him and his impassioned audience. I also maintain a Twitter account that regularly quotes brief excerpts from his books at DennisCooperTXT.

Interactive Fiction

You can play through the beta version of my interactive fiction Twine game HE here.