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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.