Artist Provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Lives By the Last Exit To Brooklyn

How far the mighty have (not) fallen

But Ridgewood's gentrification eventually became suffocating. "When me and Jaye moved in, we'd get the subway home a lot and we were the only white people getting off the subway. It was mainly Puerto Rican, Dominican, African, and so on—everyone was happy and friendly. But we noticed over the last few years before [Jaye] passed and since, the influx of hipsters and all these people who looked like they went to NYU were getting off. And suddenly people would stop me coming out of the house with the dog and say, 'Can I get your autograph? Can I get a photo with you?' We thought, 'Uh-oh. Our hideaway's been found.' "

Brooklyn would only be worse. So when it came time to sell the property—Genesis could no longer afford the house without Jaye's contribution—she found this formerly Jewish co-op through a friend, Thee Majesty's Bryin Dall, who lives down the hall. The location is, like most aspects of Genesis's oeuvre, poetic. "We sat down with a few friends, and we said, 'Why do you like it so much here?' And we said, 'I live in the last exit to Brooklyn. One of my favorite books from when I was a teenager!' And now I'm living Last Exit to Brooklyn. But there it is: the last exit," she says pointing to the road beside the Williamsburg Bridge, beneath her window. "There's something kind of profoundly weird about it."

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13 comments
Miller
Miller

Wow. I met Genesis and Paula back in the 80's and again in 1990 in New Orleans.I feel so bad for GPO. He really loved Jaye with all of his heart and now Genesis seems like a shell of a person. It is hard to watch. My heart hurts for him. Paula (Alaura is a much prettier name) dodged a bullet by splitting with GPO when she did. He was a train heading for a cliff.

novelty slippers
novelty slippers

f you are going to buy some novelty slippers for a friend or family member, there are a few things that you should consider. The most important thing that you should take into consideration is what that person likes. If she loves animals, you could buy her a pair of novelty slippers that has a cute animal embedded into them. It is easy to find novelty slippers in cats, tigers, dogs, rabbits, frogs, bears. Even hippos can be made into a design for a pair of comfortable slippers. For those who are into trend or just like to have fun, you could give them a pair of novelty slippers that a fruit, a heart or a cartoon character.

RememberPaula
RememberPaula

Gen is pathetic, he needs to go away. Why did we lose Sleazy and not this bloated self-promoter?

biffula
biffula

If only she wasnt so nasty looking, it would be nice to get naked and roll around on her wolf bedspread.

Jazzzgrlj
Jazzzgrlj

So strange to see stuff on Genesis and his NY existence when I know his daughters from a tiny hamlet in the woods of northern California. Both lovely young women His eldest daughter , whom I know the best, is living in Turkey, down to earth and a true gem.

Columbiapatricia
Columbiapatricia

I loved reading about Genesis. Of course, I live in South Carolina so I'm dying for some entertainment/culture. Genesis loved her/his wife, that is sweet no matter who you are.

Villagevoice
Villagevoice

'Hope you don't mind me asking, but you probably want us to say "Miss P-Orridge" now, don't you?'

i think that sums up things nicely.

todd
todd

This article is so fucking funny. I can't look at this guy and listen to Heathen Earth at the same time. When did he/r become such a Yenta?

uncle d
uncle d

Hey Todd,

You do know intolerance is evidence of impotence don't you Todd?

todd
todd

Intolerant? What the hell are you talking about? I've been listening to every iteration of GPO's music since phase one of TG. Nothing GPO does shocks me, but he looks like a tattooed version of every yenta aunt, neighbor, middle-aged Jewish woman with a bleach job I have ever seen.

 
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