Chron Art Critic Douglas Britt's Very Odd Meth-Filled, "I'm a Hooker" Blog: Bad Performance Art Or Sign of a Personal Crisis?

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For people not involved or interested in Houston's art scene, Houston Chronicle critic Douglas Britt first drew attention with a 1,400-word screed telling PR people how to send pitches to him.

Now, he's either desperate for attention or going off the deep end.

In what is either a (very tedious) attempt at prankish Art Guys-type performance art or evidence he's having some real problems, he's put up a blog featuring long video rants about how he's planning to take what might be a meth-fueled road trip, and about his days as an escort, showing off his S&M bruises, etc., etc.

Here's one:

Britt, who goes by Devon Britt-Darby on the blog, has shown some tendency to go the performance-art route. In reaction to the Art Guys' marrying plants, Britt announced he was marrying a straight woman even though he's gay, and he went through with it.

There are people in the local art scene who think the whole thing is not some sort of put-on, but we have our doubts.

We called his Chronicle editor, Melissa Aguilar, and contacted Chron editor Jeff Cohen to ask about the situation, but have not heard back from either.

We e-mailed Britt, who said he could not elaborate much beyond answering "yes and yes" to our questions about whether he was still employed by the Chron and whether the blog was performance art.

Twenty minutes later, he added: "Just got word that I've been let go but am welcome to apply for an open position upon my return."

UPDATE: Britt wants to make it clear he's not using meth now and doesn't plan to in the future. "To reiterate for the record, I am adamant about the fact that I am not on meth and will not do it on this trip, the purpose of which is to retrace a journey I made seven years ago while absolutely on meth," he says. "Being on meth during this trip would defeat its purpose."

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Ima Nonymous
Ima Nonymous

Dougbert!!! You never cease to surprise and amaze, old friend - glad to see your handsome face once more, glad to know you're still doing brave, strange, transgressive arty things, and most of all - glad the Baptists and Olanzapine didn't flatten you into a cardboard cutout of your former self. May this next voyage be fantastic and psychosis-free - much love, your fellow CLEC refugee. Look me up when you make it back to SF! {{{hugs}}}

Ima Nonymous
Ima Nonymous

Dougbert!!!  You never cease to surprise and amaze, old friend - glad to see your handsome face once more, glad to know you're still doing brave, strange, transgressive arty things, and most of all - glad the Baptists and Olanzapine didn't flatten you into a cardboard cutout of your former self.  May this next voyage be fantastic and psychosis-free - much love, your fellow CLEC refugee.  Look me up when you make it back to SF!  {{{hugs}}}

Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan

People are doing way too much for their 15 minutes nowadays....

TINA
TINA

I think that the TINA as a hold on you.

Anonymous supporter
Anonymous supporter

So are you fired from the Chronicle or what? If so, I'm sorry to hear it, but life goes on. Anyone with any kind of artistic nature will have trouble fitting into a place like that. Good luck on your new journey!

Jonatan Lopez
Jonatan Lopez

great performance, a little more skin would be appreciated, do you have an x-tube account?

Devon Britt-Darby
Devon Britt-Darby

At last, a critical response! Well done, Connelly. So much better than the reporter for the "Art Attack" blog -- shouldn't they call it "Art Retreat"? One critique: While it is common to mention public figures' legal names in stories, isn't it also common to defer to their preference on what name they wish to be called? I go by Devon Britt-Darby in all public forums now, not just my blog. If you choose not to change your post accordingly, I'd appreciate an explanation as to why. I hope my record as a critic has earned me that courtesy.

Devon Britt-Darby
Devon Britt-Darby

Thanks, I do -- it's all stuff from before getting married; I may start a new reliablenarratives one, but the current one is slimnmuscly -- I'm masked in all of them.

missmsry
missmsry

The Chron has fired far better people than him.

Wyatt
Wyatt

1. You've earned that courtesy because you clearly work out.

2. Apply from an open position upon your return from what?

Terrancetrentdarby
Terrancetrentdarby

...yes, clearly works out. and shaves/nairs his body.

proving once again, that the Chron is not simply for the old and infirm.

Devon Britt-Darby
Devon Britt-Darby

My road trip -- all the way down to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and along the coast up to the Boston area. Notwithstanding the Houston Press' misleading headline, I am not on meth. To the contrary, I am retracing a road trip I made seven years ago when I WAS on meth, this time from the perspective of an older, married man who is NOT on meth but is reawakening memories of the trip in ways so vivid it may look like I'm on meth (due to sleep deprivation, stress, etc.). Being on meth would totally defeat the purpose of the trip.

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