Discourse

 “The Happy Nut.” Courtesy: Kindred Black

“The Happy Nut.” Courtesy: Kindred Black

For her first column of 2023, Cara Schacter looks under the soft, draped gown of fashion’s obsession with everything angelic.

 Fourtnight Battlepass perform at Rash NYE, 2023. Photo: Nolan Kelly Mitchell

Fourtnight Battlepass perform at Rash NYE, 2023. Photo: Nolan Kelly

Minutes to midnight, Nolan Kelly wonders if hyperpop is a nostalgic rehash of too-recent hits, or a consolation for a culture exhausted by novelty-seeking?

 Stills from Olivia Wilde, Don’t Worry Darling , 2022. All images courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

Stills from Olivia Wilde, Don’t Worry Darling, 2022. All images courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures

Where Don’t Worry Darling styles itself as a critique of retro-patriarchy, Steven Phillips-Horst sees a vision of womanhood stuck in a cul-de-sac of moral escapism.

 Vegas-Lady delivering announcements over the microphone, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, October 2022

Vegas-Lady delivering announcements over the microphone, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, October 2022

Invited to expertise at a speed-date swap meet for discourse in twenty-seven languages, Daniel Moldoveanu looks askance at the doomed pageantry of trying to get one’s point across.