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There's been a lot written about how disturbing this movie is, seemingly right on time. + more on 'Robert De Niro - The King of Comedy' which I highly recommend, if you've never seen it. "Whether one thinks Joker is reckless incel murder-porn or a provocative mirror to the deranged violence in our society, nearly everyone is viewing the movie through the lens of the present."
"Do you think this perverse culture surrounding wealth and the trappings of it is worse in the US than in other places? I think it’s worse in the US, and I think it’s worse in LA."
"A Summer Chronicle, part 3: NATASHA STAGG talks about how vanity has changed and reflects on what her favourite movies have in common"
" In the EVAs, real-robot weaponry meets super-robot mysticism. That’s the rub of “Evangelion”—the EVAs are not simply machines, but living beings. They’re manufactured clones of the Angels, who share ninety-nine percent of their genetic material with humans, distinguishing them from super robots like the Transformers, which are sentient but ...Read More
"Jia Tolentino writes about punch-me-in-the-face discourse on Twitter, celebrity stans, and the trend toward the half-ironic millennial death wish."
Natasha Stagg for Affidavit “My coworker and I were sitting in a park in SoHo, eating lunch on our break. “Should I be offended that this guy asked me to get him onto the Shitty Media Men list?” she asked."
A flashback to about a year ago, but of relevance given how gay men are increasingly perceived in Russia. “The central taboo concerning Tchaikovsky’s life has been his homosexuality – the topic that has been barred from public discussion for almost a century … In the eye of the authorities, it would have been unthinkable to accept [that] … Russia’s national treasure was a homosexual.”
A beautiful brief biographical piece: ... and on On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: ‘The book has a poetic density that is at once elliptical and unflinching in its gaze, a testimony to the endlessly complicated dynamics of damage. “Sometimes being offered tenderness,” writes Vuong, “feels like the very proof that ...Read More
Naomi Fry on Keanu. "If only more of us could learn to adopt Reeves’s attitude in our own lives. It’s O.K. to take a pause sometimes, to not engage, to let the world separate from you a little bit, he assures us. Just watch me."
“ If one pavilion sums up this year’s event, it might be Venezuela’s. The building is padlocked shut; fallen leaves and sundry building material have been left lying by the entrance. The Venezuelan government, in the throes of its ongoing political crisis, had been unable to release the pavilion’s funds ...Read More
"Culture is foundational. It is the soil from which our civilisations grow. If we want to ensure that humans have a long, thriving future on this planet, then we need to work at the level of culture as well as politics, science, technology, finance and infrastructure. If we can work ...Read More
Brian Droitcour on the problem with “internet shows” “While a historical show reconstructs connections among artists, the thematic show removes works from their original contexts so that it may create a new one for them, which makes the format particularly ill-suited for meaningfully representing how artists use the internet.”
Creepy Moby thought he was dating Natalie Portman but he was just being creepy. An easy mistake to make when you’re a teen, but maybe not when you’re 30...
Obsessed with this profile of Joss Sackler, the unapologetic "performance artist" of one of America's most-hated families.