Posts Tagged ‘Dennis Cooper’

A Festival of Caveats

Caveat number one: I’ve always thought that blogs or rather the idea of blogs was peculiar. I rarely read them. And even the best of them, like my friend Dennis Cooper’s ( make me wonder how bloggers find enough time and material to be of interest to a mass readership on a regular basis. So when MR asked me to be a blogger on our revamped website, of course I said “yes.”

Caveat two: I’ve decided my first entry would be about the absence, this year, of the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. In 1984, in their first season, I shared a Bessie creator award with my collaborator Fred Holland. This winter I was asked if I wanted to be on the selection committee.

Caveat three: I’ve lived and worked in the New York downtown dance and performance scene for 30 years. In that time I have worked with, worked for, loved, slept with, argued with, broken up with, collaborated with, applauded, booed, dished, been in awe of, criticized, lent money to, borrowed money from, mentored, taught, taken class from … you get the idea … many of the people in this incestuous little community. Here, I will try to be as objective as possible, but I’m only human. And for the time being, it’s my blog. Hey I might like this after all. So here goes…]

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