The Office Hour, Chapter 22: “The Culture Wars”

For the first episode of our second season, Toby, Andrew, and our new co-host Nick Sturm discuss the “culture wars,” a hot button term that has been making its way back into the media and into our classes. Recorded prior to the death of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz, we hope this episode compliments the necessary conversations taking place on campus about identity, difference, and community. Toby brings us the problem––what do we mean by “culture wars” and what is at stake in this vague, headline-ready phrase? Andrew discusses a controversy around Robert Mapplethorpe’s photography and Nick takes us back to “Ars Poetica” by Roman poet Horace as ways to get our heads around the historical clashes between art and the cultures that consume it. Other topics we get to: beards, dolphins wearing leather, taxpayers, and Donnie Darko.

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About Andrew Marzoni

Andrew Marzoni is a writer, critic, teacher, musician, and co-editor of TECHStyle. He has a MA in English & American Literature from New York University and a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. His essays and criticism have appeared in ARTnews, Cinephile, The New York Observer, The Quarterly Conversation, Review 31, Music & Literature, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications. He is currently writing a critical history of Semiotext(e), 1974-present.
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