Donald Trump

 Photo: Deborah Turbeille for Vogue (May 1975)

Photo: Deborah Turbeille for Vogue (May 1975)

A Summer Chronicle, part 4: Natasha Stagg on castings, consultancies and Cody Critcheloe

 Chiho Aoshima  City Glow , 2005

Chiho Aoshima 
City Glow, 2005

In this month’s column, Dean Kissick looks at Superflat America, the rise of hikikomori and their connections to alt-right meme culture.

Toke Lykkeberg on the suspension of art in a state of emergency

In his monthly column, Dean Kissick examines the culture of a collapsing society.

A nihilist’s guide to the unbelievable success of the young European fashion label

 Still from Rihanna’s intentionally controversial video “BBHMM”

Still from Rihanna’s intentionally controversial video “BBHMM”

From Donald Trump to Rihanna, True Detective, and 50 Cent: this summer a new theatricality has become evident in American culture. The congruence of camp and violence has given us Young Thug, a rapper who calls his guns “dicks” for reasons nobody knows.