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Amber Wright: Swallowing the Slimy Stuff

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I was intrigued, but I also felt guilty for feeling that way.

I closed the computer, but the images lingered in my mind.

I was hooked. I still am.

Amber Wright sneaks over to the dark side and documents her encounter with the disturbing, visceral work of Japanese artist Daikichi Amano, whose films and photographs are—well, she’ll fill you in on the details. All the links in this essay are very NSFW.


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John Taylor: Interview with Tamale Sepp

June 17, 2013 | By | One Comment">One Comment


Tamale Sepp: get your grind on.

On a Saturday evening at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Tamale Sepp lies onstage with an industrial-strength angle grinder in hand, the furiously spinning blade inches away from her face.

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Katie Prout: Made You Look

June 10, 2013 | By | 2 Comments">2 Comments


Several months ago, I was sitting in the basement dungeon of an otherwise unassuming Wicker Park home and watching a man old enough to be my grandfather get naked and hop around like a bunny. Lady Sophia, the dominatrix who’d ordered him to do so, stood to his immediate left and laughed and laughed. I was wearing black boots, a black dress with slits that showed my ribs, and the red lipstick I always wear when I am in need of a shield. I sat with my back straight and my legs crossed and tried very hard to behave in a manner befitting a “vanilla voyeur.” My role was to act as shocked and/or derisive as I felt the scene unfolding in front of me called for, which wasn’t at all difficult, until suddenly, it was.

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