Friday, September 3, 2010

Marlene, 1988

Clayton Patterson's photo page, in which he publishes work from his vast archives, is my favorite feature of the newly launched Villager spinoff, The East Villager.

This week, Patterson presents this photo of Marlene Bailey in Tompkins Square Park from 1988. You may know her better as "Hot Dog."



“I think it’s great to see her looking like that,” Patterson said in the feature. “I think it’s a good example of the difficulties and hard life of living on the street. She’s a neighborhood icon to some — a reprobate to others. I think she’s one of the last of the real survivors out there on the street — one of the street warriors.”

Here's a more recent photo of Marlene (with Poet John Lesko) from Bob Arihood's excellent new photo site, Nadie Se Canoce.

8 comments:

glamma said...

wow.

Melanie said...

Marlene looks beautiful.

Jeremiah Moss said...

she looks so youthful and fresh. but she's still got that smile.

OneWhoRemembers said...

I ws=ish Clayton, sorry MR LES, would go right back to Canada and document the scene there...Go away Clayton

Anonymous said...

She looked so full of life when she was young. It's too bad how life turned out for her. Does anyone know her back story? How she ended up on the streets?

EV Grieve said...

Bob Arihood has written about Marlene in the past. You can find some of those posts via this link:

http://neithermorenorless.blogspot.com/search?q=Marlene

Anonymous said...

Why don't you like Clayton ^^??

William Ney said...

Howdy,

Seems you might find this interesting: my 1988 post-police-riot interview with Allen Ginsberg, thrown up on the web this week, inspired by the new film Howl -- which is about the Genii of the City as much as anything else.

http://www.newcombat.net/allen_ginsberg_interview.html