The system was, apparently, nail-bitingly tense and casino-level frustrating: to buy
Fifteen minutes into the process, 77,000 people had got lucky, and legions hadn't. A sellout that fast, even of 22 dates, doesn't necessarily tell you very much, except that middle-aged, middle-class people have too much money, or rather, are no longer able to afford middle-class things such as houses so have a surfeit of money for leisure. This, coupled with a nouvelle vogue for never growing the hell up, makes a lot of today's cultural consumption "post-nostalgic"; you drop 200 quid going to see Take That, not because they evoke the past, but because you get to spend the night being indulged, as children are.
Going to see
Taking her as a creative ideal, I realise I've been having the wrong conversation about female pop stars. I spend a lot of time wondering about female creativity as it's represented in music. What does it actually mean when
The pattern with mainstream music is that a young woman is fashioned into an image of sexual desire concocted by some sleazy 50-year-old guy (or, more likely, a focus group full of them). She is then rounded on by feminists from the left and social conservatives from the right for being naked or (this is worse) naked and too thin.
She says, "What are you talking about? I'm doing what I want. Isn't that what feminism is supposed to be all about?" And just as you're about to explain that what she's doing has nothing to do with her own imagination, and she's just a cipher for someone else's, it dawns on you how ridiculous it is to tell a woman what you think her self-expression should look like, on the basis that she shouldn't be letting other people tell her what her self-expression should look like. If you say that
But then you think about
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