What’s With This Lady Kathy Business?


It’s a joke. Sort of.

At least, it started out as one...and then took on a chicken-or-the-egg life of its own, spawning a loyal band of over-educated, under-employed adherents, wildly creative fan mail (and some that required disinfectant) and sufficient cult personality status that people tracked down my remote and unmarked campsite, the first time I went to Burning Man, after word got out that I’d checked in at the gate.

The alter ego comes from being the publisher, Editrix and pretty much sole writer of The Ladies’ Fetish & Taboo Society Compendium of Urban Anthropology, which ran in print from 1988-98 and continues in virtual form here, in The Compendiblog and, alas, in my life, an unending demonstration of the maxim, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” (Alternating with “My life is performance art.” And “My life is magic realism.”)  Despite the name, the Compendium’s purpose has always been sardonic social commentary and chronicling a baffling world (and life), with a heavy dose of self-amusement.  

Although I write decent fiction, I didn’t need to resort to that during the Compendium’s active years, and still don’t. As a frequent footer claimed, “Nobody could make this stuff up.”

Scheherazade of Weird ★  -- Dick  Freeman, Batteries Not Included

  Third-Rate Goddess ★ -- Rev. Jeffrey M. Eernisse

Pretentious Socialite ★ -- Zine World

Always amusing, always confusing -- Factsheet 5

Pseudo-Food XPert -- disgruntled restaurant owner

  Stern daughter of the voice of God ★ -- Joel W. Cook, Esq.

Irrationally Loyal Friend  -- John-Michael Albert



Elvira-answers-a-900-number headshot by Suzanne Savoy

(It’s not a costume)

“An intelligent, sophisticated woman and cult goddess who has a droll sense of humor and who notices things”                                                        Uncle Aus, Little Homepage on the Prairie

Try being a single, straight woman navigating a Bermuda Triangle of bad dates, unhinged friends, and encounters with minor celebrities.... The zine will convince you that we're all controlled by perverse universal forces.”  
                                                                                   Pagan Kennedy, Voice Literary Supplement

Don't let the name fool you; this is not a sexzine; it's a smart, funny chronicle of the strange world we live in.”  
                                                                                                                                    Twisted Times

I liked your mag, but if you printed pictures of naked women in it, I would have looked at it longer.”  
                                                                                                                                      Penn Jillette