“With Barbie, Greta Gerwig has made the box-office record for a film directed by a woman, raking in at least $155 million over the weekend. Barbie, along with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, is also part of a summer cinema revival, with audiences for both films dressing up (pink for Barbie, black for the bomb) in a surprise return to the days when media consumption wasn’t so grimly siloed across numerous digital platforms. Perhaps even the most die-hard post-Covid shut-in has grown weary of yet another insipid Netflix series.
The doll—like mass atomic death—is rather popular. And this should come as no surprise, since Barbie and the bomb are the alpha and the omega of the American 20th century. But before we all perish in a thanatological inferno, Barbie forces us to confront the doll as a symbol of the other fundamental drive: eros.”
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