CULTURE

Artist Agnieszka Pilat Explains Why the One Percent Will Own Reality

The worldview of Agnieszka Pilat is a paradox. The Polish-born artist loves technology, but distrusts how it shapes media. She promotes capitalist structures in her work, but thinks artists chasing money and mass appeal are...

American Oligarchs Have Turned Miami Beach Into Baiae—the Hedonist Roman Paradise

As Augustus embarked on a crusade to revitalize traditional institutions throughout the Roman capital, the Empire’s oligarchs fled to Baiae. With sprawling villas along the ocean, Baiae attracted Rome’s ruling elite seeking reprieve from civil...

In the Biden Era, ‘Cancel Culture’ Scars are Chic. Beware the Tattooed Posers

Whenever I want to see the direction the cultural winds will blow, I look to publicity savvy actresses. In the summer of 2015, after Donald Trump came down the escalator but before he hijacked...