A Response to Sex, Lies and Video Games by Ian Daly

There's something about holding a magazine in your hand.
There's also something about actually reading a magazine. Articles are all over the internet and can be read for free. (even magazines have websites now in which you can read the articles on) Yet somehow, we continue to buy and read magazines for the irreplaceable affect it has on us.

This is how I felt when I went to a corner shop on 56th and 3rd at 7 AM to get the December / January 2015 issue of Maxim featuring Lana Del Rey. Lana is one of my favorite artists, so I thought it would be an interesting read.

It happens all the time. A really down to earth, interesting individual is on the cover of the magazine. It draws you in. You wonder what they have to say. Then when you actually get to the article, all they talk about is what they were wearing when they came to the interview.

In this specific article, "Sex, Lies and Video Games," by Ian Daly - you can tell that Daly did not have much prior knowledge about Del Rey considering all he brings to the table is his apprehensive opinions, outdated facts, quotes from 5-year-old interviews and "controversies" that don't matter anymore. (and quite frankly, never really were a big deal.)

The timeless and stunning photographs featured are taken by photographer Neil Krug, but do not seem to correlate well with article. According to the first sentence of the entire article, Lana Del Rey is "America's most controversial rock star." Ah, yes, let's talk about all the controversies she has been involved in. We can't forget her "admittedly strange Saturday Night Live performance in 2012 in which she seemed to be channeling a heavily medicated Marlene Dietrich. Music bloggers went on the attack." Oh no! Music bloggers did not like a specific performance, therefore, Lana Del Rey is THE most controversial rock star alive!

The fact that this specific incident was even brought up shows that this article is going no where. Del Rey has been questioned about this performance several times and there's not much to say. Move on to another subject, please.

In the article, Daly often speaks for Del Rey although the few quotes that are actually there seem to contradict everything he says. For an entire paragraph Daly talks about the transformation between Lizzy Grant to Lana Del Rey and how all of her work throughout the years is so different. Yet Lana backfires with this, "For me, there really wasn't reinvention. That is more of other people's reinterpretation. I feel so much continuity between all my music and all the videos."

Journalism isn't about poetic language and pretentious words gracefully laced together into a sentence. People want to know what the interviewee has to say. Get to the questions and answers. Don't talk about things everyone knows. These are the hidden rules of an interesting article!

Everyone reads magazine articles - of all different ages, races, genders, and vocabulary levels. No one needs to know that Del Rey's songs are like "dioramas with insular words." Save that for a poetry journal or something.

We want to know what her song lyrics mean, about her family and her boyfriend, her beliefs and philosophies, her feelings, her future in music, even her favorite lunch meat. Because it's better than hearing old news.

Artists don't deserve to be misrepresented through bad interviews. Lana Del Rey is not defined by genre or pretentious adjectives. She is not controversial.

She is an artist. A unique soul of depth. A poet. The American dream in human form. A cinematic gem.
She's Lana Del Rey.

That's all you need to know.

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