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

We’re saying farwell to NATASHA STAGG’s weekly column, and with it too, the summer, and maybe even the idea of a future where the nice guys don’t finish last.

 Still from The Decline of Western Civilization , dir. Penelope Spheeriss, 1980

Still from The Decline of Western Civilization III, dir. Penelope Spheeriss, 1980

This week, NATASHA STAGG is in search of a subculture, if such a thing can still exist today. What’s out and what's in and who gets to decide?

 Inside China Chate, n.d.

Inside China Chalet, n.d.

Out Of State (part 8) is back in New York, and there NATASHA STAGG wonders about the future of the restaurant biz and all of the people that used to flock to the Big Apple for the good eats and parties. Did we see this coming?

 Liza Minelli in “New York, New York” by Martin Scorsese

Liza Minelli in “New York, New York” by Martin Scorsese

Get your black spandex tights and head down broadway musical memory lane with NATASHA STAGG in her seventh installment of OUT OF STATE. After the curtain drops, there's still New York behind any rendition of "New York, New York." Which is your favourite?

 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

   Josephine Pryde 's Sorry Not Sorry, 2016 “Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery” 

Josephine Pryde, Sorry Not Sorry, 2016
Photo: Stefan Korte, Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery 

DEAN KISSICK reads Natasha Stagg’s new essay collection Sleeveless and Fiona Duncan’s debut novel Exquisite Mariposa and begins to understand the 2010s.

 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

 

Picked by Daniel Baumann, Harry Burke, Christian Egger, Aria Dean, Alison Gingeras, Dean Kissick, Alvin Li, Lisa Long, Ella Plevin, Dominikus Müller, Klaus Speidel, Natasha Stagg & Bettina Steinbrügge

 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