Natasha Stagg

 Still from Buffalo 66 (1998)

Still from Buffalo 66 (1998)

A Summer Chronicle, part 2: NATASHA STAGG is in love, only wants to buy designer underwear and tells us why she enjoys going to strip clubs

 Grave of “Divine”, Baltimore, MD.

Grave of “Divine”, Baltimore, MD.

This week, the OUT OF STATE (No. 6) train is headed to Baltimore, once home to the inimitable Divine, muse of many a John Waters' flick, and now site of his final resting place. Pilgrimage to the grave, and a few musings on the plight of Cancel Culture, are on the menu. Just no dog shit.

Get OUT OF STATE (No. 5) with Natasha Stagg this week, where she follows the great exodus from New York (at least for a weekend). But beware of Lyme disease, weird neighbourly hymns, and the countryside's glacial pace when it comes to motivation. 

Is there such a thing as Deleter’s Remorse? NATASHA STAGG’S fourth column sifts through the aftermath of her deleted Instagram account, and all of the things she misses – and doesn't miss – about the social media giant. Who knows? Maybe she'll create a Finsta profile now in its place. 

 All photos by Natasha Stagg

All photos by Natasha Stagg

NATASHA STAGG’S third column focuses on speech acts, and the elected officials who seem incapable of delivering them with any eloquence. As the US just celebrated the 4th of July, maybe the fireworks will do a better job of speaking for New Yorkers than the old dudes behind a podium.

NATASHA STAGG’S second column gives us another snapshot of New York in the midst of a struggle between justice for its citizens and the desire to pose for a close-up. Spoiler alert: Stagg has parted ways with the selfie-behemoth, Instagram, in the process of writing this.   

 Messages for the City, Various artists, April 2020 – ongoing. Poster House, PRINT Magazine, and For Freedoms

Messages for the City, Various artists, April 2020 – ongoing. Poster House, PRINT Magazine, and For Freedoms

Summer is here, so let’s go out of state! Frequent Spike contributor and New York denizen, NATASHA STAGG, is back with a weekly column for the remainder of the warm season. In her first of the series, Stagg talks about branding, policing, and the endless stream of images that fill our screens and our squares (the big ones). 

 Susan Alexandra, Runway Show

Susan Alexandra, Runway Show

Natasha Stagg on New York Fashion Week

 Rem Koolhaas's Seattle Central Library

Rem Koolhaas's Seattle Central Library

A Summer Chronicle, part 8: NATASHA STAGG concludes her summer column on an ambivalent note, reviewing Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette. 

 Moschino Spring/Summer 2017

Moschino Spring/Summer 2017

A Summer Chronicle, part 7: NATASHA STAGG on (self-)promotion and dressing for the street style photographers. Participation is mandatory.

 Edouard Manet, Bouquet de Violettes,  1872 as seen on the cover of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal  

Edouard Manet, Bouquet de Violettes, 1872 as seen on the cover of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, 1857

A Summer Chronicle, part 6: Poetry may be dead, but the confession reigns. NATASHA STAGG on the power of erratic tell-alls.

 Film still, Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962)

Film still, Roman Polanski's Knife in the Water (1962)

A Summer Chronicle, part 5: NATASHA STAGG discusses her love of decadent psychological thrillers while she goes sailing in Mallorca

 Sharon Tate as Jennifer North in the film version of  Valley of the Dolls  (1967). Photograph: www.ronaldgrantarchive.com

Sharon Tate as Jennifer North in the film version of Valley of the Dolls (1967). Photograph: www.ronaldgrantarchive.com

 

A Summer Chronicle, part 4: NATASHA STAGG watches Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and reflects on the culture that engendered Sharon Tate and Marilyn Monroe's tragic stardom.

 Sill from  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen  (1988)

Sill from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

A Summer Chronicle, part 3: NATASHA STAGG talks about how vanity has changed and reflects on what her favourite movies have in common

 Stella McCartney's 2017 Ad Campaign

Stella McCartney’s 2017 ad campaign

A Summer Chronicle, part 1: NATASHA STAGG is back with her summer column and draws the connections between consumerism, waste, sustainability, and the intangibility of identity

 

What was the style of the 80s?

 Rodney Graham Halcion Sleep (1994)

Rodney Graham
Halcion Sleep (video, 1994)

A Summer Chronicle, part 10: NATASHA STAGG on riding in the passenger seat

Photo: Chris Filippini

A Summer Chronicle, part 9: NATASHA STAGG goes to Europe and deliberates the demands and kindnesses of strangers

A Summer Chronicle, part 8. NATASHA STAGG on #paypiggies, #walletrapes, and turning the bank account into a sex organ

 Scene from BUtterfield 8 

Scene from BUtterfield 8 (1960)

A Summer Chronicle, part 7. NATASHA STAGG writes about writing this column, and about sex

 Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

A Summer Chronicle, part 6. NATASHA STAGG on the pressure to keep up with body trends, makeup masks in the sheets, and why we need to to stop talking about going to the gym

A Summer Chronicle, part 5. NATASHA STAGG on the conflicting worlds of the art scene and her garbage man boyfriend, and the economies of attraction between writers and fans

 Mierele Laderman Ukeles Touch Sanitation Performance  (1979-1980) Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Mierele Laderman Ukeles
Touch Sanitation Performance (1979-1980)

Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

A Summer Chronicle, part 4. NATASHA STAGG writes about dating a New York City garbage man

 Photo: Natasha Stagg

Photo: Natasha Stagg

A Summer Chronicle, part 3. NATASHA STAGG writes about a polarizing friend, Kylie Jenner and her favorite party.

 Etching by B. Picart, 1713, after C. Le Brun

Etching by B. Picart, 1713, after C. Le Brun

A Summer Chronicle, part 2. NATASHA STAGG writes about the consuming nature of jealousy and her greatest rival

A Summer Chronicle, part 1. NATASHA STAGG goes to Paris and writes about impressing men, hating her friends and the concept of what it is to deserve.

New York Fashion Week. By Natasha Stagg

Micro-Influencing by Natasha Stagg

A Summer Chronicle, part 10: Natasha Stagg's final summer report

A Summer Chronicle, part 9: Natasha Stagg about men, man-splaining and New York's (nonexistent) literati

A Summer Chronicle, part 8: Natasha Stagg about Trump's irreversible damage, "manic" heart racing and a not so happy Chris Kraus

 George W. Bush

A Summer Chronicle, part 7: Natasha Stagg about pre-post-truth innocence and George W. Bush at the gym

A Summer Chronicle, part 6: Natasha Stagg about a Nine Inch Nails concert, VIP areas at music festivals, and her life

A Summer Chronicle, part 5: Natasha Stagg attends a wedding and meets her idol, everything else is shit

 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

 Still from  Arthur  (1981)

Still from Arthur (1981)

A Summer Chronicle, part 3: Natasha Stagg observes the day to day life of New York's Upper East Side while sitting in a coffee shop offering 26$ wedge salads

 Cover of Vogue in June 1932

Cover of the June 1932 Vogue (detail)

A Summer Chronicle, part 2: Natasha Stagg writes about working in the fashion-magazine world and loneliness on Independence Day

A Summer Chronicle, part 1. Natasha Stagg writes about families, fantasies, and flying