Allee here – 12/12/09 at The Allee Willis Museum Of Kitsch

Submitted by Allee Willis December 12th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to write this post about new features here at The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch for weeks but I remain swamped under a deluge of submissions and all the rest of my work that I’m ignoring because I’m having too much fun looking at all the crap I mean treasures (and I really do mean treasures) that you all are posting. I’m sick of looking at the notes I have taped up all around me to write this post and am doing so now because I need the wall space and you need to know about these enhancements.

First of all, there’s a new “Categories” section over in the green columns on the right. This makes it a lot easier to locate things as well as to ensure people can see your stuff regardless of how long ago you submitted it. So you no longer have to scroll down a ton of pages just to see if a rhinestone eyed beaver has ever been submitted; now you simply go to the animal category (or use the convenient eyeball find function above the green boxes).

I’m also going to start doing some audio and video posts. I get very lazy about writing posts as all I do all day is write but speaking them into the plethora of recording devices I have around here or pointing my face towards a camera makes the task much less daunting as I can just ramble on. Audio-wise I can also post beginnings of new songs, unusual sounds my cats make or general thoughts I have that I’m too lazy to type and deal with spell check on. I carry a video camera with me wherever I go and most of my adventures qualify to be in this Museum so just know a lot of that kind of stuff is coming.

Very importantly, there’s a whole new category/honor bestowed by the Museum called The IconoKitschoclast. This is a very special title given to someone whose body of work has left an indelible mark on Kitsch and Pop Culture. It’s prettier than a Grammy, Oscar, Emmy or Golden Globe and doesn’t weigh as much either.

I got a submission last weekend of what shall remain a mystery item until I publish it that totally blew my brain. It was from the daughter of an iconic Los Angeles designer of the latter half of the 20th century who submitted the quintessential object d’ kitsch that her mom created. Her work speaks to the essence of Kitsch, the high end of and best of which also speaks to grace, beauty and sophistication. Other than myself, who I’d be an idiot not to award the very first IconoKitschoclast honor to, this most treasured designer and artist will be the first non-Allee recipient. So watch for this as it too is coming very soon.

Kitschifyingly yours,