I just finished reading “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.”*
It is also: tragic, sad, addictive, and more than anything, LOL funny. There’s this one thing Iggy says regarding his early years with the Stooges, and he’s like, “in the early days, our fans were total deviants. Druggies, burn-outs, waste-oids, and complete losers. It was like Early Christianity.”
There’s also this other great anecdote about Andy Warhol’s Factory days. Take it away Danny Fields:
“…when I arrived at the party, Andy was sitting on the couch with Ivy Nicholson, who was Vogue’s ‘Girl of the Year.’ And Ivy was getting drunk and started crawling across the floor to Andy on her belly. She started pawing Andy’s leg and was saying “Oh Andy, I love you, I love you! Put me in a movie!
“And Andy tried to kick her away with his foot, like, ‘Go away!’ She was like an annoying pet, like a dog who was trying to hump you.”
And I couldn’t help but thinking about this anecdote when my pal Maria alerted me of the upcoming Ping Pong release parties. Perhaps that’s because in her email to me, the subject read “Release party bloggage” – as in she wanted me to blog about it. But I original read it as “Release party BONDAGE.”
Anyway, the Henry Miller Library has a fantastic literary magazine, Ping Pong, that comes out annually. And to celebrate said release, rather than split the difference and have a party in Lawrence, KS, we’re having two two parties – one in San Fran, and one in NY!
This year’s West Coast party will take place at the uber-cool Beat Museum in San Francisco, California, Oct 22nd, 7:30 pm ; the East Coast event will be on Nov. 5 at 6 pm, at the One and One on the lower east side in NYC – hopefully that place is cool and Bloomberg hasn’t gotten his gentrifying mitts on it yet. (Shakes first and looks skyward) Bloooooomberrrrrggggg!!!
These parties will be super-fun and you may want to consider attending.
Now, naturally, you’re probably wondering: will the parties have any or all of the following: crawling around, pawing, humping, slithering, bondage-ing, fondling, grabbing, rubbing, caulking, manhandling, dry-rubbing, writhing, groping, haikus to Edie Sedgwick, etc?
Hmmmm…I’ll plead the fifth on that one, folks.
But I will say this:
A certain HML blogger has to go now; he/she has a date with a certain laundromat in Monterey who just dry-cleaned a certain-someone’s favorite petite-sized 3″ candy-green black leather dog collar.
* We have this book in stock; don’t by it from Amazon! It’s $16. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.