Ask Dr. Mueller: The Writings of Cookie Muellerby Amy Scholder
"Ask Dr. Mueller" captures the glamour and grittiness of Cookie Mueller's life and times. Here are previously unpublished storieswacky as they are enlighteningalong with favorites from "Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black" and other publications. Also, the best of Cookie's art columns from "Details" magazine, and the funniest of her advice… See more details below
"Ask Dr. Mueller" captures the glamour and grittiness of Cookie Mueller's life and times. Here are previously unpublished storieswacky as they are enlighteningalong with favorites from "Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black" and other publications. Also, the best of Cookie's art columns from "Details" magazine, and the funniest of her advice columns from the East Village Eye, on everything from homeopathic medicine to how to cut your cocaine with a healthy substance. This collection is as much autobiography as it is a map of downtown New York in the early '80sthat moment before "Bright Lights, Big City," before the art world exploded, before New York changed into a yuppie metropolis, while it still had a glimmer of bohemian life.
Mueller died in 1989 of AIDS, but she left behind a considerable body of fiction and journalism on the wildly inventive, indulgent (and frequently self-destructive) '70s and '80s. A nice suburban girl from Maryland, she dropped out early and in the mid-1960s ran away to Haight-Ashbury. After some time there (and in a few mental wards), she came back to Baltimore and began hanging out with John Waters, who was just then starting to set up one of the strangest shops the movie world had yet to see. Mueller's career in show business began with Pink Flamingoes, Waters's masterpiece of tasteless excess that seems, with its coprophiliac climax, to have lost none of its shock value in the intervening years. After that, she became a part of Waters's entourage, moving with Divine and the rest of his crew to New York or Provincetown or farther afield as their whims or fortunes suited them. Most of Mueller's account is a straightforward autobiography, and even the fictionalized segments (with such titles as "Abduction & Rape1969" or "Sam's Party1979") seem to be narratives of actual events. For a while Mueller wrote pieces for Details and the East Village Eye, and some of those included herelike an advice column on how to shoot up properlycould have been consigned to oblivion without much loss. But the portrait of the author that emerges in generala humorous, self-destructive, intelligent, self-sufficient, strangely likable young womanis compelling enough to overcome the many gaps in this spotty and rambling narrative.
Essential reading for bohos, dropouts, and poseurs of every stripe and era.
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