Sleeveless

Sleeveless: Fashion, Image, Media, New York 2011–2019 (Semiotext(e), October 2019)

“Stagg is a canary in the cultural coal mine of a city whose intellectual and bohemian postures have begun to feel as false as they are drained of any real agency. What are these fumes? As New York melts into iPhone screens, it seems that literature can still get high on the poison of its own smoking remains.” —John Kelsey, author of Rich Texts: Selected Writing for Art

“Natasha Stagg pays detailed attention to statistical selves that are at once vital and precarious and leaves us a boatload of truths. Sleeveless is a vibrant record of the cost to life of her specific cosmopolitan scene.” —Lauren Berlant, author of Cruel Optimism

“Natasha Stagg writes in a direct, clean, unapologetic style that is cynical in all the right ways, and sentimental in all the right ways, too. She’s a trustworthy and perhaps indispensable reporter on this mediated condition we’re living through. Stagg treads the line between truth and fiction (mostly hanging out on the “truth” side of the fence) with a pissed-off sang-froid that may be a great model for other writers of her generation. Her essays about sex are major necessary news. She knows how decadent—and not in a happy way—our “moment” is. And how it is time for voices like Natasha’s.” —Wayne Kostenbaum, author of Camp Marmalade

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