Cintra Wilson is a culture critic, a former New York Times fashion critic, and the author of four books, including Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style and A Massive Swelling: Celebrity Re-Examined as a Grotesque, Crippling Disease. Her artwork can be seen at (April 2020)



The Brutally Funny, Radically Moral World of ‘Letterkenny’

Wayne (Jared Keeso), Dan (K. Trevor Wilson), Katy (Michelle Mylett), and Daryl (Nathan Dales), Letterkenny, 2016

But aside from the toe-tapping brawls and rapturous character assassinations, the real star of Letterkenny is the radical moral decency at its core. Letterkenny is a decidedly Arcadian place, where there is enough leisure time (unlike in the corporate-driven, wage-slavery hellscape of the metropolitan United States) to drink, play video games, and socialize. It is a bundle of electric frictions between contradictions: a peace-loving place of brotherly love and neighbors who mow each other’s lawns, where everyone nonetheless loves a daily fistfight.

My Quarantine: Obsessed with Oil Painting

Julie, 2020

By the time the eight-week course was over, I was the wretch I am now: an unhinged woman vehemently obsessed with oil painting who wrestles with it like a feral person for hours every day. I had earth-moving revelations as I graduated from using makeup brushes to real sable, and switched from canvas to linen panels. My formerly adorable kitchen now looks as though Francis Bacon had assaulted a pope in it. I know things about linseed oil its own mother doesn’t know.