If Lana Del Rey Can Put A Car Into Space, So Can Elon Musk

In 2015, on the day of Lana Del Rey’s “High by the Beach” single release, an interview detailing her passion for the work of Elon Musk and SpaceX seemed almost antithetical to this end of the summer lament, all earthen yearnings (specifically for what weed enthusiasts like to call “the …

The Selling of a Myth That Can No Longer Be Bought: The 2001 Britney Spears Pepsi Commercial & Justin Timberlake Reemerging in the Present

With Justin Timberlake set to perform at this year’s fifty-second Super Bowl, the usual unquenchable thoughts of his long ago defunct relationship with Britney Spears have been cropping up with news of her re-teaming with Pepsi for a commercial that pays tribute to her iconic “Joy of Pepsi” and “Now …

24K Magic: A Patrick Bateman-Tailored Song Buttressing an Album of the Year Win in A Trump Reign

Patrick Bateman is the figure–the monster masquerading around as a sentient human being–that perpetually seems to crop back up in modern life, no matter how much an emblem of the decade of excess he was originally intended to be by Bret Easton Ellis. Patrick Bateman is modern life in all …

Awards Shows Continue to Suffer the Girls Effect (& Only Blue Ivy Seems to Notice)

Like a time when a woman could live scot-free in exchange for being verbally abused and cheated on, it’s hard to imagine an era in which awards shows offered any form of glamor and/or entertainment. While the 60th Annual Grammys were certainly more “woke” than the Golden Globes claimed they …

Lana Del Rey’s Method Increasingly Channels Madonna’s

The comparison of Lana Del Rey to Madonna isn’t necessarily a likely one–especially considering Del Rey’s largely tween/Tumblr fandom has little respect for any god Del Rey doesn’t unwittingly sanction in her oeuvre. But at last night’s sixtieth annual Grammy Awards, LDR showed herself to be a savvy practitioner of …

Donatella as Huckster: Designing a Leotard For Gaga That Forced Her to Wear Madonna’s Head

It’s the feud endlessly regurgitated by drag queens and anomalous straight women like myself ever since Madonna’s infamous 2012 “Look it up” comment with regard to calling Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” a reductive version of “Express Yourself.” In recent times, that documentary that really didn’t need to be made …

Keep Your “Supplies,” Or: What the Fuck is Justin Timberlake Doing?

With what will soon amount to five albums in sixteen years, former boy band staple Justin Timberlake has never bothered to get very political, relying instead on those classic motifs that made the likes of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson so “dreamy”: talk of love. Whether new love, love gone …