One wonders -- now that Stokes is in Harlem, along with ex-Whitney acolyte Thelma Golden, who put together the criminally distorted Whitney show, "Black Male," which themed us as the campily
dysfunctional psychological combinant of Rodman and Rue Paul --, what will become of the Studio Museum.
Rosa yon Praunheim campily
yet affectionately writes: "Without gays she would have been nothing in old age, and when Zarah sang `Oi joi joi anderrs rrum' [`Oi yoi yoi, the other way arround'] or called out `He junger Mann, ich brauch `hen Stander' [`Hey young man, I need a stand'] then the queens went wild, and a Berlin newspaper wrote spitefully: `Her concerts are usually on Mondays, because that's the day the hairdressers have off....
Petra-Maria Schnitzer and Angelika Kirchschlager were the rather campily
played sisters, while Danish baritone Bo Skovhus (Guglielmo) was cast as a virtuous Don Giovanni opposite Canadian tenor Michael Schade, a truly crushed, loving Ferrando whose "Un' aura amorosa" caused lengthy applause that came to an end only when he modestly stepped off stage.
But after she had completed Orlando, she made her own rather campily
dismissive and self-effacing witticism at the expense of a work that she referred to in quotation marks, signaling ironic distanciation: "The truth is I expect I began it as a joke and went on with it seriously.
Allen Mandelbaum, in his 1993 translation, supplies what Hughes omits: "And if this not be too audacious, I / should call this site high heaven's Palatine." This campily
fawning compliment to the Emperor Augustus ("Your home, sire, is like God's palace on Olympus, which means, sire, you are like unto God"), which links the living god of contemporary Rome with the brutal lunatic who is Heaven's King and who rampages through much of the poem, is echoed at the poem's end when once again, Augustus, Savior of Rome and Emperor of the World, is (ironically) praised as being the end of history, the purpose and goal toward which history and all the suffering creatures of the poem had been yearning and striving.
Delafield's biologized body code and dress is transformed by its juxtaposition with makeup (the instruments of feminine masquerade) into the performative, creative posture of the jocularly raised boot, campily
shined to high gloss in front of the mirror.
At moments like this, Moo shines: the overblown voices and operatic archetypes campily
eclipsing narrative texture and substance.
The sinister artistry of this "Virginia Werewolf among the seance-fiction writers," as Time magazine campily
called her in 1962, holds up.
Maybe if the actors had been coached to actually act, it would have come across better, but their painfully stilted delivery is leaden rather than campily
Betjeman and Auden apparently enjoyed sexual relations while they were undergraduates, and Betjeman campily
referred to his homosexual inclinations in private settings with friends, yet apparently never acted on those inclinations as an adult (Wilson 300-03).
It was a campily
sweet voice that advertized Cohen's speech for a fortnight.