“A funny thing about the song: A DJ in Detroit—The Electrifying Mojo—started playing “Mesopotamia” on an African-American station, and we got a great crossover audience and a big following in Detroit through that song. We still get a big cheer whenever we play “Mesopotamia” there. By the way, the line “meet you by the third pyramid,” there was some translation of the song into Japanese where it became “meet you by the fur pyramid.” I always thought that was genius. [Laughs.]”—
“I think she should be elected poet laureate for the universe,” says TV writer and author Julie Klausner. “I think those alliterations, oh my God, that stuff is drag-queen shit. She put an original patina on the aspiring-skank archetype. She happened to have chosen the sexual qualities of a gay guy making fun of Jessica Rabbit. The entire persona is brilliant. It’s sort of what I hoped Heidi Montag was going for when she got all that plastic surgery, which really did seem like an art project.”—I am quoted in Maria Elena Hernandez’s cripplingly important article on Courtney Stodden.
Interview Magazine | Julie Klausner is Having a Good Week
GADZINSKI: So, what do you think about more on a daily basis, basset hounds or the Countess Luann?
KLAUSNER: Oh, my God. I think about the Countess Luann at least five times a day. I think of basset hounds whenever I turn on my computer, because I have photos of them. And if I’m lucky and I see one on the street, I know it’s going to be a good day. They really are like a four-leaf clover. [Gadzinski laughs] You see one and you’re like, “Yes.” But I think about Countess Luann constantly. Have you read her book?
KLAUSNER: Oh! You have to read her book. It’s all about how to be a woman, how to approach life with grace and style. I cut my hair after I read it. I was like “I need to have a more mature haircut!” And I was right! Oh! There’s a whole chapter about walking. She is, by far, the funniest. That people don’t understand how funny she is makes me so sad. And that people are like “She’s so snotty and she thinks she’s better than everyone else.” And you’re like, “Would you say Archie Bunker is a racist?” Like, what’s your problem? She’s the funniest person on television. And then I met her last week and she touched me and I passed away. She was so gracious. She was so warm and kind and she did that thing where she tosses her head back and laughs. I strive every day to be more like her.
GADZINSKI: She’s your life coach.
KLAUSNER: She’s not only my life coach, I feel like she is my steering presence.