The experiences of Camp are based on the great discovery that the sensibility of high culture has no monopoly upon refinement. Camp asserts that good taste is not simply good taste; that there exists, indeed, a good taste of bad taste. (Genet talks about this in Our Lady of the Flowers.) The discovery of the good taste of bad taste can be very liberating. The man who insists on high and serious pleasures is depriving himself of pleasure; he continually restricts what he can enjoy; in the constant exercise of his good taste he will eventually price himself out of the market, so to speak-

- NOTES ON CAMP,   Susan Sontag 1964

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what I find so fascinating about camp is that it is nearly impossible to contrive..it has to be authentically inauthentic…and that it can only be detected by certain antennae, like a cell receptor or a flower pistil

Troy added these pithy words on Nov 05 09 at 12:13 pm

Have you read the essay Richard Lamparski wrote on camp? So funny. You’d like his books Manhattan Diary and Hollywood Diary. V cool insights into the early gay NY nd LA days….
on Amazon

BC added these pithy words on Nov 05 09 at 11:47 pm

I have to a search for that book it sounds like something I would love to read…

William added these pithy words on Nov 12 09 at 2:27 pm

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