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Jennifer Blowdryer: Agony Aunt to the Would-be Trendy
I just turned 42, which means I've been trendy well over half my life -- since the age of 16, when I started to feel punk rock. Actually, since I was named Jennifer well before everybody else, I've been trendy as hell since birth. I thought I was a witch in 3rd grade, socially ostracized, bad at gym - I had all the makings of a lifetime artistic type early on.
After my punk band, The Blowdryers, and before starting the band White Trash Debutantes, I wrote a book called Modern English, a photo-illustrated slang dictionary. In 1985 I moved to NYC, where I started to run anarchic burlesque Smut Fests in 1988, at a lapdancing parlor. The sex worker/performance artist as starlet, and the attendant flourishing of neo-burlesque, were phenomena I unknowingly predicted by a decade.
I have these organic trend antenna, which work even when I spend years in bed, leaving the house only at midnight. Just a few months ago I started playing my Buzzcocks tape constantly, only to pop out to the Bowery Poetry Club and hear Lucky Dave playing the very same album. Now I learn the Buzzcocks have a great new CD, and are about to tour. Not to mention “Jew Cool,” recently on the cover of Time Out, and predicted by me in this very magazine, if not at my Bat Mitzvah. I could go on, and I think I will. So here's some of my Good Advice to would-be trendy young people of all ages:
Harvard Death Fugue
On the Exploitation of Bruno Schulz
The Jews of Istanbul
The Truth about the Rosenbergs
Thinking despite Doubt, Feeling despite Truth
Josh Goes to the Hospital
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From previous issues:
Fast Track from Ridgemont High
Drawing a Line in the Cheese