Anthony Mandler, "National Anthem" (still), 2012.

An ongoing list of terms, concepts, and documents that will help us to solve all the world’s problems via the work of Elizabeth Grant.


ENTITY – the thing that is.

EXPERIENCE – the comprehension of that which is.

CREATION – the act of bringing that which is into being.

CRITIC – that which experiences that which is.

ESSENCE – the is-ness of that which is.

EXTERIOR – that which is as experienced by the critic, without necessary regard to its essence.

PERSONA – an exterior created by an entity without necessary regard to the entity’s essence.

PERSON – the entity as experienced by the critic; that is, via the entity’s exterior.

II. KEY WORKS – the essential works of Elizabeth Grant


(as May Jailer).  Sirens (LP).  Unreleased.  2006.

(as Lizzy Grant).  Kill Kill (EP).  5 Points.  October 21, 2008.

(as Lana Del Ray).  Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant (LP).  5 Points.  Jan. 4, 2010.

Born To Die (LP).  Interscope.  Jan. 27, 2012.

Paradise (EP).  Interscope.  Nov. 13, 2012.

Ultraviolence (LP).  Interscope.  June 17, 2014.


“Video Games.”  Dir. Lana Del Rey.  2011.

“Born To Die.”  Dir. Yoann Lemoine.  Dec. 14, 2011.

“Blue Jeans” (second version).  Dir. Yoann Lemoine.  Mar. 19, 2012.

“National Anthem.”  Dir. Anthony Mandler.  Sept. 5, 2012.

“Summertime Sadness.”  Dir. Kyle Newman and Spencer Susser.  Aug. 23, 2012.

“Ride.”  Dir. Anthony Mandler.  Oct. 12, 2012.

“Tropico.”  Dir. Anthony Mandler. Dec. 5, 2013.

“West Coast.”  Dir. Vince Haycock.  May 7, 2014.

“Shades Of Cool.”  Dir. Jake Nava.  June 17, 2014.

“Ultraviolence.”  Dir. Francesco Carrozzini.  July 30, 2014.


“Saturday Night Live” musical guest performance (#LDRSNLgate).  NBC.  Jan. 15, 2012.

Tim Jonze.  “Lana Del Rey: I wish I was dead already” (interview).”  The Guardian.  June 12, 2014.

III. CRITICAL WORKS – the foundational documents of LDR Studies

Carles.  “LANA DEL REY: EXPOSED.  B4 she was alt, she was a failed mnstrm artist without fake lips.”  Sept. 13, 2011.

Ott, Chris. “SHALLOW REWARDS // 03 CRAP GUITARS & THE MADNESS OF CROWDSOURCING.” Dec. 2012.  **This is gone from the internet but offers one of the strongest direct critiques of the LDR project and the critical response to it.  Required viewing if you can ever find it.

Carles.  “Lana & Me: Our Dark, Abusive, Co-Dependent Relationship on the Content Farm.”  Hipster Runoff.  Jan. 12, 2012.

Geffen, Sasha.  “Ultraviolence” (album review).  Consequence of Sound.  June 17, 2014.

Hyden, Steven.  “The United States of Lana” (“Ultraviolence review”).  Grantland.  June 17, 2014.

Love, Josh.  “19. Lana Del Rey: ‘Video Games'” (from “Staff Lists: The Top Tracks of 2011”).  Pitchfork.  Dec. 12, 2011.

Richardson, Mark.  “Ultraviolence” (album review).  Pitchfork.  June 16, 2014.

Walters, Barry.  “Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox of Lana Del Rey.”  NPR.  June 20, 2014.

Vigier, Catherine.  “The Meaning of Lana Del Rey.”  Zeteo.  Fall 2012.

Zoladz, Lindsay.  “Born To Die” (album review).  Pitchfork.  Jan. 30, 2012.

Zoladz, Lindsay.  “Ordinary Machines: Pretty When You Cry.”  Pitchfork.  June 19, 2014.


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