‘Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour’ On Showtime Affirms Madonna’s Place As America’s Aphrodite

Oh Madonna Louise Ciccone, daughter of the Midwest, graduate of the Lower East Side, now living in…who knows…Paris? London? Abu Dhabi? Silverlake? It matters not, she is our American Aphrodite, embodying our many sexual contradictions, our sanctimonious morality and our most depraved fantasies, our love of religious iconography and hardcore pornography. If she doesn’t command…

HOW MADONNA DEFINED POP CULTURE

Singing about abortion. Writhing on a cross. Publishing her sexual fantasies. Even those cone bras. Madonna seems to have done so much in her life that it’s hard to grasp that she’s a real person, instead of the lofty icon her name suggests. As the singer turns 60, the desire to take stock of her…