Demitasse #10


Demitasse:   a sip of the Compendium

May 1999


Demitasse is a free sip of the sardonic social commentary and reports of  real life weird that fill the Ladies' Fetish & Taboo Society Compendium of Urban Anthropology (the Compendium).


(c) copyright Kathy Biehl 1999



We've finally caught up with that rough beast as it slouches towards Bethlehem to be born, and has he ever been moving! At this rate, he'll be at the finish line long before La Streisand takes the stage for the Millennium Concert this New Year's Eve.  Check his progress at

Think you've seen the Beast move? Send your sightings to kbiehl AT



Besides the Beast's remarkable progress, lots! New weird tours (Dallas oddities (yes, there are some), more mimetic architecture in the Northeast and a yard full of .. .colored milk jugs in formation), Ask A Guy's  answers to Real Questions,   new books on the Bookshelf and now,  a virtual toyshelf! Hie thee hither:



A guest report from Montrose, that oasis of otherness in the middle of Houston, in which I lived for 19 years before moving to the Northeast last year, from correspondent REMIII:

Last night I was waiting in the drive through line at Jack in the Box at Waugh & West Dallas.

As the car in front of the car in front of me (whew!) pulled up to the window, something very difficult to understand happened.

A very small sheep stuck his/her head out of the driver's side window.

It was *not* a poodle.

It was *not* an odd breed of dog.

It was *not* a large puppet.

It was a small sheep.

I love Montrose, but I often do not understand it.

Here, here, Rick! Shades of which:  One evening while I was attempting  cross rush hour traffic, in the rain, on the densest retail stretch of Forest Hills, Queens, I saw a jogger in a  short black lace slip and lipstick. The slip was flying up,  the lipstick was smeared, and the jogger was running between gridlocked cars in the street. It was not a phantasm escaping from Montrose via a rip in the time/space continuum, but a neighborhood fixture, as was confirmed to me by an employee at SuperCuts (the only man in the place; the only queen in the place, who put dibs on me while I was waiting for a trim, something that has happened to me about as frequently in the last year as seeing a man hurtling in women's clothes in public.)


Fear not, print subscribers: The Compendium isn‚t dead; it‚s I‚ve been temping on Wall St., prepping diffident high school students for the SAT and wandering through ethnic enclaves in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Eyewitness reports to follow!

How to subscribe to the Compendium

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Moving On '98 (Vol. X, No. 2), featuring:

Impersonators of dead comedians taking to the streets, along with mermaids,

      men in platform shoes and the inexplicable, near-ubiquitous Supergirl

The detonation (and target-hitting) of another scud lust missile

The Continuing Adventure of Mass Transit

      or what people get away with doing in public

New Horizons in Snack Food

The Dangers of Mall Walking (hint: they carry a clip board)

How Microsoft is wasting our lives

The sorry tale of a book deal gone stoopid

...Not to mention more inductions into the Bad Name Hall of Fame,

ranting about restaurants, research into the migratory properties of animate

objects, random weird, odd coincidences and the best letters in zinedom



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