168. Camp – So Bad, It’s Good

How is it even possible to appreciate art that’s “so bad, it’s good?” What is it that makes hideously awful movies like “The Room” & “Plan 9 from Outer Space” enjoyable? Susan Sontag has a one-word answer: STYLE.


-Links for the Curious-

“Can You Make a Movie So Bad It’s Good On Purpose?” by PBS Idea Channel – www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwQjBC0_2eA

“Notes on ‘Camp’” by Susan Sontag – faculty.georgetown.edu/irvinem/theory/Sontag-NotesOnCamp-1964.html


“Why We Love Bad Movies” by Dan Neil – www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2005-aug-07-tm-neil32-story.html


“What is camp? The Met seeks to find out through fashion.” by Eliza Brooke – www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/5/6/18534583/met-museum-camp-fashion-exhibit

Reasonably Sound is amazing and Mike Rugnetta is like Midas but everything he touches becomes charming & interesting – reasonablysound.com/

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