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Sex Doll Day *

*(Restored) ** texts collaged from numerous sources.

 

 

 

Chronologically

8 AD.The First Sex Doll Story Told. In Metamorphoses, Ovid wrote of a myth involving a woman sculpted from ivory by Pygmalion. Her name was Galatea and he became so obsessed with her, bathing her feeding her and of course sleeping with her, eventually Aphrodite made her into a real woman.

 

 

11th to 12th CenturyTouching of Naked Statues Encouraged. Naked women made of marble, called “Sheela-na-gigs,” were carved into the sides of English and Irish churches to ward off evil spirits. The carvings had exaggerated vulvas and a legend at the time said caressing these sexy busts gave you the power to heal others.

 

 

15th CenturyThe First Sex Dolls at Sea. Called “Dame De Voyage” in French, “Dama De Vinje” in Spanish or “Seemannsbraut,” in German, these female dolls made out of sewn cloth were used by sailors aboard their ships to occupy their time (and bodies) on long trips at sea.

 

 

1941Nazis Invent the Modern Sex Doll. The world’s first sex-dolls as we know them were created in Nazi Germany at the request of the SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Called the “Borghild Field-Hygiene Project,” Himmler came up with the concept to stop the “unnecessary losses” of Nazi soldiers due to STD’s. The Project was considered ”Geheime Reichssache,” translated: ”More secret than top secret.”

The sculptor on the project, Arthur Rink, created three dolls. Typ A: 168 cm bust. Typ B: 176 and Typ C: 182 cm. According to Rink, The SS wanted the breasts “round and full” and SS Dr. Olen Hannussen insisted on “a rose hip form, that would grip well.” As for the face, the team agreed it needed a cheeky and naughty look. They asked to borrow the face of an actress of the time, Käthe von Nagy, for the doll, but she declined. Dr. Hannussen suggested an “artificial face of lust”, which he thought would be more appealing to the soldiers. Technician, Franz Tschakert agreed saying, “The doll has only one purpose and she should never become a substitute for the honorable mother at home… When the soldier makes love to Borghild, it has nothing to do with love. Therefore the face of our anthropomorphic sexmachine should be exactly how Weininger described the common wanton’s face.”

Going along with the Nordish Nazi vision of beauty, a tall leggy blonde rounded out the form. The first model of Borghild, Typ B, was completed in September 1941. Later, this blonde life-sized woman would inspire Ruth Handler to create the Barbie Doll for girls.

 

 

1955Bild Lilli. The first sex doll is marketed, which is 11.5 inches of plastic and is named Bild Lilli.

 

 

1975The Stepford Wives. A film about the quaint town of Stepford, Connecticut where men have beautiful robot wives that are all absolutely perfect … except for the fact that they’re creepy. Trivia: Diane Keaton turned the role of Joanna down the night before signing her contract, because her analyst got “bad vibes” from the script.

 

 

1977Hohoemi. The history the best Japanese sex dolls brand started in 1977 when the future CEO of Orient Industry decided to make the kind of doll that he knew men needed. He came up with Hohoemi. She’s a simple lady compared with the sophisticated silicone dolls of today but she certainly was a popular and durable creation. Made from urethane and PVC, Hohoemi was essentially a head, bust and waist with hole … and that’s it.

 

 

Early 80’sThe First Sex Robot is invented. British Company, Sex Objects Ltd. creates a sex robot, named “36C,” for obvious reasons. “She” also had a 16-bit microprocessor and voice synthesizer that allowed primitive responses to speech and push button inputs.

 

 

1985 The Term “Gynoid” Coined. The term “Gynoid” was a name given to a female robot designed to look like a human female. It was given to us by Gweyneth Jones in her 1985 novel, Divine Endurance.

 

 

1987Britain Lifts Prohibition on Importing Sex Dolls. In 1982 a blocked attempt to import sex dolls into Britain began a court case about whether or not to lift the import ban on all “Obscene or Indecent” items. The sex companies finally won the case in 1987, lifting all prohibitions. This opened the floodgates to all perversity in England.

 

 

1994Fleshlight. Back in 1994, Steve Shubin had a problem — his wife was pregnant with twins and, being over 40, her health was a concern. Sex was off limits during the course of the pregnancy so Shubin had to take matters into his own hands. But not by using his hand. Deciding he needed something else to use, he started daydreaming. Eighteen months and $750,000 later, the Fleshlight was born.

 

 

1995The Inflatable Sex Sheep Sold. Muttonbone Productions, Inc. creates a life-sized, anatomically correct inflatable sheep called the Love Ewe. It is sold mainly as a gag gift.

 

 

1996First “Realistic” Sex Doll Created. At 29 years-old, Matt McMullen stops making scary Halloween masks for a living and creates the first female sex doll that is anatomically correct in look and feel. Her name is Leah. McMullen goes on to create the company Real Dolls, one of the most popular sex doll companies in the world. The dolls have a poseable PVC skeleton with steel joints and silicone flesh, which is advertised as “the state-of-the-art for life-like human body simulation”. They are now available in 10 customizable body styles, with a choice of 15 faces and five skin tones. Prices begin at around $6500, with some models costing over $10,000.

 

 


2001 — Joe.

 

 



2002Guys and Dolls. The BBC produces a documentary called “Guys and Dolls.” It chronicles the industry and the men who buy life-size dolls them. A California company called Realdoll began making realistic, lifesized dolls back in 1996. Since then, they’ve sold thousands of them for upwards of $10,000 each. The men interviewed in the documentary talk about how the dolls influence their lives. While they sometimes feel isolated from real life, they say the companionship they feel with the dolls is worth it.

 

 

2004Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race. Today (August 21st, 2004) the second annual Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race will be organized in North Russia/Leningrad region. Anyone over 16, and of either sex, is allowed to take part in this second competition. The participants will have to swim in the complicated Losevsky rapids of the Vuoksa river near St. Petersburg. The rapids are usually used for rafting in canoe and catamarans. This competition isn’t a sexually chauvinistic event; in last year’s edition (real) women rafted on the dolls. All participants stated that these rubber ‘products’ are economical in usage, they float wonderfully. They gave some pet names to their dolls: Mary and her Poppins; Speedy Sterlet, Cleopatra… All participants must wear a helmet and a life vest. They also have to remain sober and those who are seen drunk are disqualified.

 

 

2005Japanese Company Begins Renting Out “Dutch Wives.” Dutch Wives is the Japanese term for high quality silicone sex dolls. By the end of 2005 the Japanese company Forest Dolls had over 40 shops nationwide. The hourly rental rate, in 2005 was 13,000 yen an hour, or $146.00. Wigs and costumes were also available to rent.

 

 

2007Lars and The Real Girl. A film about a man in relationship with a sex doll, nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay written by Nancy Oliver.

 

 

2007The “Sexual Audio System” Is Invented. A Japanese company adds an mp3 player attached to a built-in pressure sensor in the chest of its sex dolls. It takes 4 AAA batteries. The dolls also come with real pubic hair and detachable heads.

 

 

2006 – 2008Sex Doll becomes Art. Artist Amber Hawk Swanson commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her exact likeness. Her doll, Amber Doll, began as a Styrofoam print-out of a digital scan of her head. Her face was then custom-sculpted and later combined with the doll manufacturer’s existing, “Body #8” female doll mold. After completing, “The Making-Of Amber Doll” and “Las Vegas Wedding Ceremony” (both 2007), Amber Doll and Swanson went on to disrupt wedding receptions, roller-skating rinks, football tailgating parties, theme parks, and adult industry conventions. In the resulting series, “To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll,” ideas surrounding agency and objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one’s own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects. Swanson’s work with Amber Doll, herself a literal object, deals with such themes through an oftentimes-complicated feminist lens.

 

 

2009The First Male Android-Sex Doll. Germans make the first male Android-Sex doll, named “Nax.” It has an “automatically soaring penis” and “artificial automatic ejaculation.” It costs $10,000.

 

 

2009Air Doll. Air Doll is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda, which was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original, and is about an inflatable doll that develops a consciousness and falls in love. The movie debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. It opened in Japanese cinemas on 26 September 2009. Director Koreeda has stated that the film is about the loneliness of urban life and the question of what it means to be human.

 

 

2010The First Sex Doll with a “Customizable Personality.” At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Doug Hines, owner and designer for TrueCompanion, revealed Roxxy. She costs a mere $7,000 and reacts to tactile and verbal stimulation. Personalities range from “Wild Wendy,” an outgoing party girl to “Frigid Farrah,” the shy librarian type. Her interests can be modified according to the owner’s conversation preferences.

 

 

2010Sex Doll Fashion. A Dutch artist named Sander Reijgers is recycling inflatable sex dolls into the most bizarre clothing. Perfect for a rainy weather, these waterproof hoodies were made by customizing existing tracksuit tops with heads, breasts and other pieces from 50 blow-up dolls that Sanders received from a “sponsor”.

 

 

2011 – A music teacher has been arrested after he was caught in a sex act with a child-like doll outside an elementary school. Officers were called to the school in Tennessee, following reports of a naked white male on school property. Daniel Torroll, 56, a private music teacher, was seen performing sex acts on the doll under a bridge that links the Spring Hill school from the main road. The responding officer said he could be seen by people driving to the school. Police later discovered Torroll had cut holes into the doll, News 2 reported. Torroll claimed he did not know he was on school grounds.

 

 

 

2011 – These high-heeled shoes that look like inflatable sex dolls are part of a collection of footwear by Tel Aviv designer Kobi Levi. The Blow shoes were designed to highlight how high heels are synonymous with sex and accompany a second pair where the heel illustrates the act of sex itself.

 

 

2012Just-in Beaver. US adult toy manufacturer Pipedream Products has produced an unofficial Justin Bieber blow-up sex doll. Named ‘Just-in Beaver’, the not-related-to-Mr-Bieber-in-any-way product retails at around $26. The company’s advertising blurb – which rather dubiously fixates on ‘Beaver’ recently turning 18 – describes ‘Beaver’ as a “barely legal boy-toy who’s waited 18 long years to stick his lil’ dicky in something sticky! When he’s not busy beating up paparazzi or beating off, he’s up to his high-tops in hot Hollywood tail!” The company also produces a ‘Dirty Christina’ doll modelled on Christina Aguilera, and a doll named ‘Finally Miley’ modelled on Miley Cyrus.

 

 

2012Dollstories.net. “Doll fetish is the desire to be transformed in to a doll or transforming someone else into a doll. This can be a living being such as a rubber doll or an inanimate object such as a lovedoll. The attraction may include the desire for actual sexual contact with a doll, a fantasy of a sexual encounter with an animate or inanimate doll, encounters between dolls themselves, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into a doll. This website was born out of a love of reading doll stories, and the thoughts, fantasies and desires to become one. Whilst this site deals mainly with Doll transformations and people turning into dolls, there are a few mannequin, fembot & objectification stories here.”

 

 

2012 – Turkish rescue workers rushed to retrieve an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after panicked residents mistook it for a woman’s body floating offshore. The country’s Milliyet newspaper said police cordoned off a wide stretch of beach in northern Samsun province and sent a team of divers into the water to rescue what appeared to be a drowning woman. The team quickly discovered it was in fact a blow-up doll, which they tactfully deflated before throwing it away.

 

 

2013Missy is launched into space. An inflatable sex doll named Missy was recently launched into space making history as the first sex doll to have entered the earth’s outer atmosphere. Check out the video and watch Missy being hooked to a hydrogen-filled balloon then shot towards the cosmos at a speed of 426 metres per minute when, at an altitude of 31,090 metres, her balloon burst and she shot straight back down to the ground.

 

 

2013Student arrested for posing by Russian WWII memorial with an inflatable sex doll. A university student has been jailed in Russia for posing for a photograph in front of a Second World War memorial – arm in arm with a blow-up sex doll. Anastasia Polnikova, 23, was charged with hooliganism after she and three friends took the inflatable sex aid to the memorial near the Federal University in Stavropol, Russia. Wearing WWII head gear and waving a Russian flag, the drunk students borrowed the doll from a friend and walked through the park to take the pictures before posting them on the internet. Detectives are hunting Miss Polnikova’s three unnamed friends who went on the run after police issued arrest warrants for them all. Stavropol’s Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Eugene Nuykin said: ‘The identities of all the people who appeared in this photo are known to us and they will all be punished.

 

 

2013Sex Doll Commits Suicide In Czech Online Dating Ad. An ad for the popular Czech dating site Lidé is called “the bleakest thing you’ll see this side of an Ingmar Bergman film”. It features a sex doll, devastated now that her man has found a real human to have sex with, jumping off a balcony as she replays in her mind the bittersweet moments the two of them had shared.

 

 

2013Chinese Site Sells ‘Child-Sized’ Sex Doll: Protest Group Launched. A Chinese website is under fire for selling disturbingly life-like child-size, sex dolls. The disturbing advert, spotted by an advocacy group on Facebook called Dining for Dignity, shows the model of a girl, who does not look much older than 9 or 10. Described as a “beautiful young girl sex doll for men,” the item costs $178 and is available to ship worldwide. Worryingly 57 of them have been sold so far to customers in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, and more, the advert shows. The product listing boasts that it is highly flexible, and that “all three holes can be used.” Dining for Dignity has now set up a protest page to pressure DHgate – one of China’s top global merchants platforms – into removing the item or banning the seller. Its petition reads, ”This negligence is fueling human sex trafficking, pedophilia, violent rape, and more.”

 

 

2014Synthetics. Synthetics launches a new line of male sex dolls with removable parts depicting the various boner stages. “We are proud of the beautiful, hand-crafted items we produce,” writes Synthetics publicity department, “and we want them to be appreciated as multifunctional rather than simply pigeon-holing them into the easy go-to connotation of the word ‘sexdoll.’ We view our products as usable art, and our clients as art collectors.”

 

 

2014Sexflesh Full Sized Sammy Sex Doll. There are a lot of positive things going on with this sex toy. First of all, washboard abs. While not structurally relevent it’s a nice touch and speaks to the meticulous detail molded into the rest of the toy. The penis is stiff but moldable, which is a VERY nice touch. It’s 7.5 inches in length, 5.75 inches in circumfrance and 1.8 inches diameter – a nice large penis without being a monster! There are two holes for fucking. The anus and mouth. Both are ribbed and both have “exit holes”. This means the tubes you fuck on the doll are open ended. This makes cleaning it VERY easy and is definatley something you should look for in any high end sex doll (ie. more than $150). The anus is tight and gives a great amount of pleasure. One of the best things about it is that when it gets lubed up, SexFlesh feels very close to the real thing. The outer layer is covered in it, which gives the whole thing a nice skin like feel. Admittedly, the eyes are a little shocking, but if you’re looking for a high end men’s sex doll, this is the one.

 

 

2014New Japanese sex doll looks just like a real woman with ‘new level’ of realistic artificial skin. A new sex doll has been created in Japan that is so realistic they are ‘barely distinguishable from real women’. The £1,000 doll, made by Orient Industry, is made from a high-quality silicon, hailed as the ‘next level’ in artificial skin. This gives each figure an unbelievably realistic look, especially in the eyes – previously a problem area for doll-makers. The fake women also have moveable joints so they can be placed in any position and owners are even able to tailor their woman in bust size, hair colour, and physical appearance. Company spokesman Osami Seto said: “The two areas we identified as really needing improvement were the skin and the eyes. We feel we have finally got something that is arguably not distinguishable from the real thing.”

 

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p.s. Hey. ** Jeff Coleman, Hey, Jeff. Obviously super happy about housing the post on my end too. I think the book’s totality definitely won’t disappoint you one bit. Thanks, buddy. ** New Juche, Hi, Joe! I’m so glad you thought the post worked out well. My great pleasure. Strangely, I hadn’t know about your sound work until I put it together, so that was very cool is discover and explore. I like the piece in the embedded video a lot. Shit, yeah, my mailing address. I’ll send it you right now. Hold on. Done. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, David. Happy morning! Nice observation: WEJ, Bataille rendering. ** Chip Smith, Hi there, Chip. Thanks bunch for coming in. Obviously, it’s nothing but a thrill to have my blog do its little part to forefront NJ’s book and work. I’ll look for that  interview, for sure. Excellent! I’ll go read your open letter and pass it along now to the folks here. Everyone, Here’s Chip Smith, publisher behind the excellent Nine-Banded Books that published New Juche’s new book as well as James Nulick’s most recent novel and many other excellent, crucial titles: ‘While I have the attention of the gang here, I will mention that I have posted and circulated an open letter in objection to Amazon’s selective book ban. The text is posted at The Hoover Hog. If you agree, please take a few minutes to contact Amazon (and Barnes & Noble) to politely let them know. Thanks!’ Thank you again for stopping in and for all you do. ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Well, honest dude that I am, I have to say I listened to your boy Styles’ single and to me it mostly sounds like he wants to be the new Robbie Williams, sorry. But my tastes lie elsewhere, as you know. Anyway, Steevee liked it! Well, now you’ve got me chomping at the bit about these good, interesting, mysterious things. Luckily I’m way too busy to chomp hard enough to cause any self-damage, but know I am way curious. ** Thomas Moronic, H, Thomas! Man, I haven’t seen you in yonks! How awesome to ‘lay eyes’ on you! Yeah, my being busy is true and an understatement. It’s interesting. I don’t think I’ll have the time and brain space to do another film-related scrapbook until after the shooting is finished. Thanks very much for finding it interesting. Take care, dear friend. Please catch me up on your stuff when you get a chance. Love, me. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Your weekend of writing and friends sounds so nice. I’m almost feeling nostalgic for those days even though I hate nostalgia. My weekend actually had some unused space in it, which was interesting, during which I just futzed around. The bad part was that I went to an ATM and it ate my bank card. Then I called my bank, and then the bank guy and I had an argument because he insisted that I have two ATM cards rather than the mere one I have, which led to him cancelling my card. Which is, like, the eighth time that’s happened to me recently. Then he sent me over to their fraud department, and the guy I talked to there said he had no idea what the first guy was talking about my account activity is totally normal, and there was no reason to cancel my card, but now it was too late. Grr. So the bank is rushing me a new card, and I have no way to get money until it arrives, and I’m praying it gets here before I leave for Cherbourg for two and half weeks early on Thursday morning because I would be fucked. Anyway, sorry for the grouchy side trip. Otherwise, there was a long meeting about the film yesterday, and some added rehearsing, and Zac and I revised the script a little because we changed some things, and I’m still fighting off a cold as best I can. So I guess, all in all, it wasn’t a great weekend. No news about the music track yet. Hopefully today, which will otherwise be eaten up by long rehearsals and then meetings. How was Monday? Hopefully a lot less cramped than mine is likely to be. ** James Nulick, Thank you, James, and Happy Monday. Yes, I saw an email from you that looked like it held a guest-post which made me very, very happy, thank you, thank you! It’ll go up pretty much as soon as the blog restarts after the film shoot is over. I’ll let you know. Sweet of you, man! ** Steevee, Great about Cineaste! But isn’t the summer issue a good situation since it’s available/new for longer than usual issues?I guess that’s how I always felt or tried to feel when something I wrote was in the summer Artforum issue or whatever. ** Bill, Hi! Cool about the Dare Wright post/stuff. Right? Grueling is something I deeply understand, hugs. I did know there is a new Stephen Beachy. Like a YA sci-fi Mormon (?) themed thing or something?  I’m curious what that will be. He’s such a good writer. Let me know what you think. I fully intended to go to the Paris Ass Bookfair, yes. It was all planned out, the day, the time, but then, you know, the film work ended up eating that weekend entirely, story of my life. I heard it was a very cool thing. ** Okay. Your restoration today is this informative and helpful history of the Sex Doll. See you tomorrow.

14 Comments

  1. From yesterday,

    Black Acrylic – Thank you!

    Bill – Thank you for buying a copy! No, I’ve never seen a Tsai Ming-Liang film, but I’m fairly sure someone else has said that to me before. I will certainly look him out now – any particular work you can direct me to first?

    Jeff C – You’re welcome and thanks again.

    Dennis, got your mail, thanks again. As soon as my books arrive, one will go in the post to you. I haven’t actually had a paper copy in my hands yet. Should be any day now. Will put off the dolls until the drinking hour, but just about to read this over coffee –

    http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/uncontrollable-nighttalkers/

    Best

    Joe

  2. Among Tsai’s films my fave is “I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone”

    Dennis Here’s a sex doll you forgot

  3. Hey Dennis!
    How are you? Sorry I’ve not been here to say hi, but I’ve been busier than usual without really knowing why. How’s all that film-prep? I’ve been keeping up with what you’ve been up to in the p.s. and it sounds quite a bit stressful, but also very very exciting. I hope it all stays under control and is as rewarding as is possible.
    Lots of great posts on the blog as ever. I’m def going to be buying a copy of New Juche’s book. There’s a bit of a dolls theme emerging atm. I’m into it!
    I’m working from home today and tomorrow, instead of traveling to Newcastle, and that feels much needed. I just got sent a first fragment of animation from our cartoon, so that’s exciting but will take a little time to process. It’s strange to see things solidified.
    What else? I hope that you’re keeping well. I had the cold and it wasn’t bad, but it was a drag. And I had a camera put down my throat to see why I was having trouble swallowing. That was horrible. Turns out I’ve got a herniated hiatus, which is super common and no big deal.
    Okay, happy Tuesday, Dennis.
    Plastic-coated love,
    Jamie

  4. Dennis — Brechc Andersch just posted this in Facebook

    “A couple Sundays ago, I attended a screening of a gorgeous 35mm print of LANCELOT DU LAC at the PFA. There was a surprise guest to intro the film: none other than Bresson’s Guinevre, Laura Duke Condominas. Haven’t had time to write this up ’til tonite, but I made notes, so the story may now be told. Tho of course it’s 44 years since the film’s shoot, she was still recognizably the same queen, beautiful and regal. First of all, she wanted to note the original script had been written with Cocteau, a point not often dealt with. Its original title was THE GRAIL, or rather, LE GRAAL. It was an old project (presumably written in the 40s?), so this might explain why it’s so anomalous in Bresson’s oeuvre. From DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST on, his work is almost exclusively centered on individuals alienated and/or oppressed, and the films work towards their deliverance, usually from this realm into the next. LANCELOT, on the other hand, is an absurdist romantic comedy, sending up the central mythos of western culture. (MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL has nothing on it in this regard, tho generally more uproarious in tone.) I’m forgetting what Condominas said about how Bresson got wind of her, but she got wind of his interest. They spoke on the phone, and he later told her he’d cast her by voice during that call. She knew his work from her days as a self-described teenage Cinematheque rat, and felt she could deliver what he wanted, which she intuited as “presence.” Condominas was wary, however, from his reputation of having slapped an actress. Nonetheless, Bresson had long been a legend in her family, because he’d wanted to cast her mother in an unmade film decades before. When she went in to speak with him, and saw the various production materials, she saw it was THE GRAIL, the same project Bresson had wanted her mother for. She of course felt the magic of this, and was hooked. She enjoyed the shoot. Bresson barely directed her, and he later described his direction of her as being “by telepathy.” As an example of what might have been an instance of this, she told of a shot during which she couldn’t get her lines right. Bresson left in silence, took a walk, and when he came back, she delivered. During the dubbing — at which point Condominas realized Bresson’s filmmaking was as much about the sound as the image — she critiqued her “performance,” uncertain if what she’d done had been good. Bresson assured her that it was just right — the coldness (presumably) was perfect, for she was Queen. While observing him shoot, Condominas felt Bresson fell in love with all his characters. The shoot’s revelation for her, however, was watching the great cinematographer Pasqualino De Santis (whose films include THE DAMNED, DEATH IN VENICE, and two other films with Bresson). Bresson’s Guinevre discovered De Santis to be an artist of light, who used a minimum of equipment to produce the delicate beauty of the film’s images. The revelation for me, on the other hand, was finding out Condominas is a long-time PFA regular, having moved to Oakland in the early 90s. Not only that, but altho her excellent English is definitely spoken with a French accent, she’s a Boston-born American, being the daughter of American writer Harry Matthews and the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, whose mother was American, and father a French count. Who knew Bresson’s Guinevre was both my compatriot and companion in so many hours spent together looking up at countless images in the dark?”

  5. The Nazis invented the modern sex doll, who knew!? Remember when The Face magazine had the male model on the cover doing it to the inflatable sheep:http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/magazines/the-face/covers/november-2001/cullen-barber-10588/

    I have some monday grotesquery of my own here, a short poem entitled “Seasoned” http://ferdbird77.blogspot.co.za/2017/04/seasoned.html

    The ideas for your new film looks inspired. Cant seem to find the post about it atm, what is the title of the the film Dennis?

  6. The Robbie Williams comparison isn’t a putdown to me. I’ve only heard about 5 of his songs, but I’ve liked what I’ve heard.

    Do you like Mount Eerie? I think their new album is the musical equivalent of THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV, as well as the direction Mark Kozelek should have gone in after BENJI.

  7. Hi!

    ‘Hohoemi’ looks kind of disturbing…

    Jesus, no… This is so fucked up. I’m sorry. I hope the new card arrives soon because it really isn’t an option to go away for weeks without a credit card. Especially that the whole thing wasn’t even your fault and it’s not the first time they made that mistake!

    I’ve been working on SCAB a lot today and I’d like to ask for your opinion about something: I plan to publish the first issue in September and will ask the artists not to publish their accepted piece(s) anywhere until after some time from the initial publication in September. (After that, they hold all publishing and other rights again, of course.) What I don’t know is this: do you think 2 months is too long of a time? I mean can I rightfully ask them to withhold their piece(s) from other platforms (such as personal blogs) for such a long time or should I go for like 1 month tops because I can’t even pay for their work at the moment (which I will discuss with every one of them upon acceptance, of course, and it’s stated on the homepage too).

    I really hope you manage to fight off your cold and the musician finally sends you a positive response!
    How was today? How did the rehearsals and meetings go? I hope everything’s well with you!

  8. Incidentally, when I’ve had similar issues with my bank card, my bank has been able to manufacture a new card for me very quickly, like within half an hour. I don’t understand why your bank is dragging their feet, especially since there’s obviously nothing sketchy going on. I really hope that matter gets settled ASAP.

    I refuse to jump on a scale on a weekly basis because it’s an anxiety rollercoaster for me, but I seem to be continuing to lose weight . My size-38 slacks now feel very loose, one of them so much so that I can’t wear them anymore. I do have one pair of size-36 slacks, but they’re so dirty and dusty that I have to wash them (which I plan to do on Wednesday) before I can try them on. In any case, I’m pretty sure I’ve dropped another pants size – for the second time in 9 months – and I probably need to go shopping for more slacks this weekend.

  9. Dennis, You say Robbie Williams as if it’s a not so good thing. Robbie made a lot of good music. I’m with steevee there.

    Now, if you start saying crazy stuff like KISS isn’t the greatest band of all time, then we’ll have a problem……………..

    Yes, we’ll be having full-fledged excitement in the fall, I hope. Or maybe winter. But you’ll see, I’ll see, we’ll all see. 😀

    Sex dolls are great. Not my thing. I’ll watch the occasional guy fucking one on a porn site or whatever, but I just don’t find it very exciting. It’s usually better for me if it’s two humans.

  10. @ DC, sorry to hear of your bank card woes. My day job involves providing exactly that service over the telephone, although I hope I do it better than that clown you dealt with. Hope it gets righted quickly.

    The new Dopplereffekt – Cellular Automata LP arrived today and first impressions are that I’m very much into it. Gerald Donald can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, and this is a development into more abstract soundscapes that still keeps melody as integral. Funnily enough, there was a sex doll song on their 1999 Gesamtkunstwerk debut – behold Plastiphilia 2, kind of dorky but not without its charm I think.

  11. Oh, shit, the bank card bullshit. You’re the second friend of mine to have some bank card shit happen recently, though she had her card number compromised somehow. She became vegetarian over 20 years ago because she loves animals so much, and this weekend, somebody got a hold of her number somehow and bought over $300 worth of Chik-fil-A. I guess they got some fries and drinks and shit too, but she’s doubly upset because they obviously got a shitload of chicken with her money.

    Still a pain in the ass, though.

  12. As I think I mentioned, I got into an argument with my parents about the amount of money I spend on music. I’ve come to the conclusion they’re right, and I need to cut down; however, I can only do this and keep hearing a fair amount of music by downloading everything and avoiding physical CDs and record stores. I still plan to make a visit to Rough Trade every 6 weeks or so to pick up any interesting reissues, which I think demand physical form because they usually include artwork, liner notes, etc. I did go an iTunes binge during the week when I was averaging 4 hours/night of sleep, largely because I was awake 19 hours/day, spending most of that time in my apartment with nothing to do, listening to lots of music all day and getting hungry for new music. I really regret that now. But on Friday, I plan to download the new Kendrick Lamar album and the solo album by Syd from the Internet/Odd Future.

  13. Dear Dennis, hope you’re feeling okay with your denial power. Maybe, try Indian foods, as I hope you won’t get ill before/in (and also, after) shooting.

    Perhaps I dreamt of an essay Jose Esteban Munoz wrote on your work. I’ve been working a little too much, so it’s blurry. I’m quite certain though he mentioned you as a queercore writer somewhere.

    Oh, read Herve Guibert’s Crazy for Vincent the other day, it’s great. Love it. I read it for a review, but I really should be more zoned in my work. I like film studies okay, but language in film criticism I learn from this school isn’t the best prose…as ideology critique is a bit too domineering in the field. For my own writing, I like to have intimate relation with prose and its evocative and also hallucinatory direction, which is I believe the only way of thinking, so I realize I must divide my time better…

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