I’ve finally updated the ESSAYS portion of this tumblr with any and every essay I’ve solely posted here. The archive goes all the way to 2008 and includes musings on Michelle Obama, gun violence, Arthur Russell and The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, among other things.
“Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40. Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don’t have the right shoes to get into the club. Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn’t afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.”
Lauren is one of the most brilliant and kind people I know, and we’ve never met. Like many people who read this blog, we only know each other online. And yet, I cherish what she’s taught me about photography, historical subcultures and the arts. She is a special person, but she is also suffering.
In 2011, Lauren was diagnosed with a Pelvic Floor Disorder which has caused Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). She suffers from daily dizziness, nerve pain, fatigue, nausea, headaches, rapid heart rate, insomnia and weakness. It has left her bedridden after multiple hospitalizations, unable to work. There is no cure, but there is help.
Lauren is looking to go to Mayo Clinic Pelvic Floor and Mobility Programs. She has spent all of her savings and many of her treatments are not covered by insurance. She is also looking to move into a one-floor controllable living environment to help with her debilitating symptoms. If you are at all capable of donating to her fund, that would be wonderful. And if you can’t donate, but can signal boost, that would be wonderful as well.