HYPNOTIST COLLECTORS AND WALKING ANTIQUES: NYLA THOMPSON AND THE DISHONESTY OF OUTSIDER ART

By Jim Linderman

Pioneer folk art collector Herbert Hemphill, Jr. was on a mission in the early 1970s. The first director of the nascent Museum of American Folk Art and compulsive collector of same intended to disprove the commonly understood belief that folk art had died with the emergence of 20th century popular culture.

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BETTIE PAGE WITH THE KU KLUX KLAN: CELEBRITY BRANDING AND SURFACE DEEP SELLING OF THE DEAD

By Jim Linderman

Not seen in over 50 years, and certainly not identified as Bettie Page at the time of publication, these photographs were in such questionable taste even the “notorious” pin-up model has to hide her face. This should give some Bettie fans pause. Miss Page’s dead celebrity brand has weathered her being hung from…

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TWO JACKS AND A JADA: 50th ANNIVERSARY OF JFK AND JACK RUBY’S FAVORITE STRIPPER

By Jim Linderman

Gee. It’s too bad there wasn’t so much press attention fifty years ago when it mattered. You know, back when we were buying the story that “a nightclub owner overcome by grief wanted to save Jackie from having to attend the trial shot the lone gunman in the Dallas police department” we could have used…

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HEINZ BRANDS A (YOUNG) WARHOL

By Jim Linderman

I saw Andy Warhol twice. An empty storefront which had once been a Puerto Rican record distributor’s “one-stop” had reopened on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 45th Street as a bar. Gentrification is a missed blessing, but I was walking my dog around the block at midnight the night it opened pleased to have…

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MERLE TRAVIS AND HIS FULLY PACKED PACKARD

By Jim Linderman

So Firm and so Fully Packed is “a torrid tale of a plump lady who laced tightly.” Now THAT is how to promote a book. I could only hope for such a good blurb. Someone was thinking (but we will never know who) as despite top shelf drawings by fetish artist Eric Stanton on both covers, there is no publisher.

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RED AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE: CLARENCE HERBERT WOOLSTON WRITES A STANDARD

By Jim Linderman

I’m not all about satire, and neither should any questioning soul… there were some good guys in the Jesus racket, and one of them was Clarence Herbert Woolston. A humble man who makes what passes for our public preachers of today look like bleating bags of greed.

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