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Janelle Monae: The ArchAndrogyne File



Dear reader:

As I wrote in the liner notes of The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae is no longer here at the Palace of the Dogs Arts Asylum. This is a follow-up report on the mysterious disappearance of Ms. Monae.

This morning when one of our nurses was preparing a room that had belonged to Ms. Monae for a new patient (the room had been kept as it was since the disappearance), she found an interesting thing there. When she took off a huge poster of Colonel Sanders from the wall (Ms. Monae had a great interest in him and had his poster on the wall. She didn't let nobody touch it), there appeared a pit. You might imagine that Ms. Monae escaped through it just like Tim Robbins, but it's imposible. Because the pit has a depth of only 5 inches, and it's rather like a hidden safe behind a picture frame (which can be seen in movies like Le Cercle Rouge). In this square pit assumably dug by Ms. Monae, there was a scrapbook.

The secret scrapbook entitled "The ArchAndrogyne File" is a collection of portraits of various persons mostly from the 20th century, which is all quite bewildering, given the fact that not only their sexual identity is so ambiguous but also it reveals that many androgynes like them have existed in the history. On its cover, you see two sentences written as follows:

YOU'VE GOT YOUR MOTHER IN A WHIRL
SHE'S NOT SURE IF YOU'RE A BOY OR A GIRL

You can imagine my amazement when I read these words.

I do know, or rather strongly believe, that in this file one can find a key to the mysteries of Janelle Monae, or Cindy Mayweather - where she came from, what got her into trouble, what she is fighting for...etc etc etc. So after careful thought, I have decided to release this file ASAWP (As Soon As Wondafully Possible) in accordance with the Inspiration Information Act, as usual.

Her enthusiasm and devotion to Colonel Sanders aside, is Janelle Monae queer? Is she a direct descendant of those androgynes? Is there truly a world called Metropolis waiting in the future? A world full of clones of Colonel Sanders? Alien vs. Predator? Does Cindy Mayweather dream of electric chicken?

And most importantly, if Janelle Monae is the ArchAndrogyne...will she tour in Japan this time?

One can only hope....

Sincerely,
Max Stellings
Vice Chancellor
The Palace of the Dogs Arts Asylum
September 30, 2013


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Marlene Dietrich
Morocco, 1930, dir. Josef von Sternberg


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Mary Pickford
Kiki, 1931, dir. Sam Taylor


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Anna May Wong
1932, pic. Carl Van Vechten


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Josephine Baker
c.1933


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Renate Muller
Viktor und Viktoria, 1933, dir. Reinhold Schunzel


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Jessie Matthews
First a Girl, 1935, dir. Victor Saville


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Frances Langford
Broadway Melody of 1936, 1935, dir. Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke


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Eleanor Powell
with Buddy Ebsen, George Murphy
Broadway Melody of 1938, 1937, dir. Roy Del Ruth


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Vera-Ellen
with Fred Astaire
Three Little Words, 1950, dir. Richard Thorpe


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Doris Day
Lullaby of Broadway, 1951, dir. David Butler


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Judy Garland
Summer Stock, 1950, dir. Charles Walters


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Liza Minnelli
The Act, 1977, dir. Martin Scorsese


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Anne Reinking
All That Jazz, 1979, dir. Bob Fosse


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Julie Andrews
Victor Victoria, 1982, dir. Blake Edwards


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Anita Berber
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, 1922, dir. Fritz Lang


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Ossi Oswalda
with Curt Goetz
Ich mochte kein Mann sein, 1918, dir. Ernst Lubitsch


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Gloria Swanson
with Bobby Vernon
Danger Girl, 1916, dir. Clarence G. Badger


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Gina Palerme
1915, pic. E.O. Hoppe


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Peggy Pearce
c.1917, pic. Witzel Studio


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Leatrice Joy
The Clinging Vine, 1926, dir. Paul Sloane


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Louise Brooks
1927, pic. Eugene Robert Richee


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Louise Brooks
Beggars of Life, 1928, dir. William A. Wellman


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Lotte Lenya
1928, pic. Lotte Jacobi


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Anita Loos
1932, pic. Clarence Sinclair Bull


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Myrna Loy
The Thin Man, 1934, dir. W.S. Van Dyke


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Jessie Matthews
First a Girl, 1935, dir. Victor Saville


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Bette Davis
Dark Victory, 1939, dir. Edmund Goulding


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Bette Davis
Old Acquaintance, 1943, dir. Vincent Sherman


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Ingrid Bergman
Notorious, 1946, Alfred Hitchcock


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Johanna von Koczian
Viktor und Viktoria, 1957, dir. Karl Anton


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Annemarie Schwarzenbach
1930s, pic. Marianne Breslauer


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Marianne Breslauer
1930s, self-portrait


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Clara Bow
Wings, 1927, dir. William A. Wellman


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Eleanor Powell
Rosalie, 1937, dir. W.S. Van Dyke


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Joan Fontiane
This Above All, 1942, dir. Anatole Litvak


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Marilyn Monroe
1954, visiting Korea for US troops


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Katharine Hepburn
1955, at the Hotel Australia, Sydney


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Katharine Hepburn
Sylvia Scarlett, 1935, dir. George Cukor


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Anouk Aimee
c.1960, pic. Sam Levin


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Jean Seberg
A Bout de Souffle, 1960, dir. Jean-Luc Godard


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Mia Farrow
1969, pic. David Kennerly


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Brigitte Bardot
1971, pic. Terry O'Neill


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Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking
Tuxedo styles for women
1966


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Catherine Deneuve
in YSL Le Smoking with Yves Saint Laurent
1966


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Francoise Hardy
in YSL Le Smoking
1966, pic. Roger Viollet


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Vibeke Knudsen
in YSL Le Smoking
1975, pic. Helmut Newton


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Charlotte Rampling
The Night Porter, 1974, dir. Liliana Cavani


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Jane Birkin
Je T'aime Moi Non Plus, 1976, dir. Serge Gainsbourg


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Diane Keaton
Annie Hall, 1977, dir. Woody Allen


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Patti Smith
1975, pic. Robert Mapplethorpe


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Lizzy Mercier Descloux


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Pauline Black
c.1980


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Grace Jones
1981, pic. Jean-Paul Goude


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Annie Lennox
1982


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Sade Adu
1988, pic. Matthew Rolston


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Madonna
1986, pic. Matthew Rolston
A homage to Marlene Dietrich


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K.D. Lang
Drag, 1997, pic. Albert Sanchez
A homage to Marlene Dietrich (with a cigarette)


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Marlene Dietrich
1930


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Madonna
2002, pic. Craig McDean


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Greta Garbo
Mata Hari, 1931, dir. George Fitzmaurice
pic. Clarence Sinclair Bull


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Ute Lemper
1992, pic. Guido Harari


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Sigourney Weaver
1983, pic. Helmut Newton


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Hilary Swank
2000, pic. Herb Ritts


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Cate Blanchett
I'm Not There, 2007, dir. Todd Haynes


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Diane Kruger
2010, pic. Karl Lagerfeld


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Milla Jovovich
Marella spring 2012 campaign
pic. Inez & Vinoodh


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Karin Van Leyden
1925, pic. Man Ray


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Tilda Swinton
2011, pic. Peter Hapak


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Jourdan Dunn
2011, pic. Alasdair McLellan


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Arizona Muse
2012, pic. Richard Bush


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Jourdan Dunn
2012, pic. Richard Bush


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Saskia de Brauw
Yves Saint Laurent spring 2013 campaign
pic. Hedi Slimane


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Florence Welch
Sweet Nothing, 2012, dir. Vincent Haycock


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SN
2012
CAUTION


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Jourdan Dunn
2013, pic. Benny Horne


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Beyonce
2011, pic. Francesco Carrozzini


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Kate Moss
2006, pic. Mert & Marcus


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MDNA
June 18, 2013
The premiere of the MDNA tour film
at the Paris Theater in NYC


Marlene Dietrich Never Ages


---The End of the File---


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