Fee Waybill, lead singer for The Tubes, acts as carnival barker in the She’s a Beauty music video. The boy, now a girl, Alexis Arquette (formerly Robert) ages as he, now she, rides through a sideshow filled with scantily clad women. Beauty consumes the consumers; the multibillion dollar advertising makes positive proof. Deviation from the norm of blandness — a freak — also freaks out marketing charts. Do some freaks crave attention? Priscilla, like many freaks, draws eyes without conscious desire. Money for looks beats giving them away for free.
Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love shows us a look at freak fetish; it feature an underground strip club where a girl with a tail can sell her tail. I have forgotten how much the conjoined twins for each Dick and John, but they made rare coin. I may have found the book after researching for books on cults; she uses a freak cult like I do. My history research drove me to make a freak cult, but I’m sure Dunn has a subconscious influence effect on my writing.
I prefer invisibility and have empathy for those labeled as freaks, with no desire for eyes. One syllable words like “freak and “girl” find their way into my work for simple reasons; I prefer simplicity, but my mind sees complexity. I find all humans and their language odd; my word choice reflects the oddity. Yes, I see myself as a normal alien on an odd planet.