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Dear CHEAP FUNK Listeners

We’re all in the midst of a crisis, a crisis that of course affects each of us differently, depending on our social, political or economic situation, whether you’ve got a home to be restricted to, whether you’ve got running water to wash your hands, if you live alone or with someone else, if you have a balcony, terrace or backyard, if you have WiFi and a computer. We’re in the midst of a crisis in which countries stockpile weapons but not hospital beds, in which nurses and grocery store workers and nursing home care workers and other essential workers in or out of times of crisis make less money than wall street speculators and hedge fund managers, people who have never been essential except to those who worship greed. This is a crisis for all for whom being out and about in public is a way of staying alive and remaining sane because being confined to the home, to the family, means subjecting oneself to the risk of sexual abuse, homo- and transphobia and harassment.

Like the rest of you, we at CHEAP Funk are trying to process these challenging times.

One thing we’ve thought about often is:

How wonderful that our friend, art historian and queer studies scholar Douglas Crimp died last year and not now. How wonderful because Douglas was in hospice care throughout the spring last year, receiving daily visitations from friends, visits that sustained him and were a testament to the way he lived his life as one of sociality and promiscuous friendship.

We also think of another of our recently dead friends, the great German actor Volker Spengler, who died only a couple months ago and was the embodiment of unruly, unassimilable social behavior. Volker was an astoundingly spunky and incorrigible presence on stage and screen, in the art world or on the radio waves. In person, he was even more radically disarming. He reveled in the rambunctious sociality of bars and theater cantines, public spaces he charged with the queer erotics of his groping hands, leering eyes and nasty innuendos – the dangerous excitement of being together in public scored to his booming laughter.

CHEAP Funk – CHEAP Sociality

Remembering the dead, remembering our dead

Thinking of Douglas Crimp, Thinking of Volker Spengler

CHEAP Funk – CHEAP Sociality