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August 29, 2005

Voodoo doll

New Orleans based, Poppy Z. Brite had decided to weather the hurricane by preference to abandoning twenty-eight critters and a house full of junk food. It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out. This voodoo doll, or at least its proceeds, might have come in handy.

I don't get the urge to make art very often, but today I needed something to put my frustration into, and I think this turned out pretty well. I don't claim that it is an actual voodoo doll, as I'm not at all trained in such matters, but as fake voodoo dolls go, it's a hell of a lot cooler-looking than the ones you get in the French Quarter.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 29, 2005 05:14 AM

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The nihilism of it all!

Was it my imagination, or did it seem that there was a lot of name-dropping, fixation on "signed" copies, and plastic snake-oil tomfoolery in all that? Not just the two coveted "signed" books she rescued (after deserting 26 beloved pets). Why should I care about the "signed certificate of authenticity" ascertaining that Brite Herself really handled the purple Mardi Gras beads and cobbled together this doll. There's something really strange ... the "high-quality Bone Clones reproduction fruit bat skull that retails for $80." It must be the dollars that are performing the magic, and not the "bat." Does the use of a plastic bat cranium from a scientific supplier, instead of real bones from natural bats, somehow convince us of the genuineness of her kindness to animals, after she deserted 27 beloved pets in the face of Hurricane Katrina? I wonder, was this doll a product of some sort of group therapy session she attended? Looks like she's been rolling them out for some time by the sound of all the comments from former buyers: "Amazing just to have contact with a long-favored author!" "Thanks Poppy"

Posted by: WitchyProf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2005 12:05 AM


Update: She made the voodoo doll just a few days ago. "I don't get the urge to make art very often, but today I needed something to put my frustration into."

Posted by: WitchyProf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2005 01:17 AM

I was going to point out that Brite does not claim the voodoo doll to be a working model but from your second comment I think you have noticed this rather crucial point. As for her signed copies... uhh... and? Fans and collectors such as myself are particularly fond of signed copies. One of my prized possessions is an attributed copy of Weaveworld (UK 1rst) with one of the sketches Clive Barker is known for sometimes adding along with a signature.

I have a witchy friend who I believe would have had a similar reaction to yours: horror at the thought of the possible fate of those animals and the countless others caught up in the storm and its aftermath. All I can say is that Brite expressed precisely the same concern, only left at the command of her mother and there is little she could have done for the feral critters in any case. Given her obvious love for these creatures and her friendship with them I can only imagine she is far more anxious about them than you are.

And considering she has in all probability lost her home and appears to have driven into the storm rather than away from it you might reconsider your words and include a smidgeon of compassion for the fate of her and her husband, thus far unknown.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 30, 2005 10:31 AM