A love letter to “Almost Famous,” on its 20th anniversary, and the girl who made me watch it
Art TavanaI wrote about how my ex-girlfriend made me watch Almost Famous (2000), which was a bigger deal than losing my virginity (which happened the same year). I'm writing more introspectively these days.@ArcDigi is my unsealed diary.
One writer’s attempt to explain Lana Del Rey’s “question for the culture”
Art TavanaI decided to blend the lines between a study of Lana Del Rey & tribute to Elizabeth Wurtzel’s “Bitch.” My only desire was to write something untethered from the limitations of genre. @ArcDigi@LanaDelRey
Art TavanaIn my quest to better understand the aesthetic of Lana Del Rey, and her question for the culture, I journeyed through her images and lyrics—practically writing a book in the process. I exited with the following study of @LanaDelRey for @ArcDigi.
Art TavanaWhile I haven't had a moment to dig into spoken-word poetry of Lana Del Rey, I did manage to write about another kind of poetry: her aesthetic. This piece is about the art of what it means to be a "bitch" in popular culture (I use the word with reverence).
A study of the racial humor contained in one of America’s most compelling family sitcoms
Art TavanaI believe F is for Family is TV's most offensively funny family sitcom. I decided to try (& probably fail) to explain why the show is funny. I even spoke to co-creator @mikepriceinla about it. @ArcDigi was cool to allow me to explore this peculiar pitch.
Art TavanaMy mom read my F is for Family essay and reminded me that dads are overrated. She also lobbed a protest about how I did not even dedicate a sentence to the mother on the show, Sue Murphy. I simply forgot.
Photograph by Marion Ettlinger
Joyce Carol Oates is the rarest of commodities, an author modest about her work, though there is such a quantity of it that she has three publishers—one for fiction, one for poetry and a “small press” for more...
The temperature's dropping, the bundled-up grogginess is here, and Americans are heading to their favorite coffee chains to grab a cup to get through the day. The average American spends $3 per day — or $1,100 per year — on coffee. More than 41% of...
lately i've been waking up at 4 or 5 a.m., turning things over in my head. so much to think about, so much to break down and process and decide. i'm only at ...
Art TavanaIn the 2010s, indie became pop and pop became indie and whether you like her music or not, Lorde's "Royals" is on the list of most influential pop songs of the 2010s: when the lines were blurred between pop and indie.
I'm brewing tea.