In 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 for .
While 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).
On 's birthday, pens a longform essay arguing that stylistically, musically, and aesthetically, Lana's critics are guilty of misunderstanding her.
"Because LDR's music doesn’t produce a feminist slogan like, 'tell him, boy, bye' or 'thank u, next,' ... she can be both artistically appreciated and morally questioned. She’s an easy target for the moralist masquerading as an art critic."
I tried to answer Lana Del Rey's question for the culture. I didn't make fun of her. I didn't try to use her to secure a spot on the high council of correct thinking. I just tried to explain her appeal, philosophy, aesthetic, and voice.
Lana Del Rey: In Praise of a Difficult Woman
I 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.