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Sex and Isolation: And Other Essays Bruce Benderson

Sex and Isolation: And Other Essays

Bruce Benderson

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ISBN : 9780299223137
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202 pages
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Winner of Frances 2004 Prix de Flore for his memoir The Romanian: Story of an Obsession, Bruce Benderson has gained international respect for his controversial opinions and original take on contemporary society. In this collection of essays,MoreWinner of Frances 2004 Prix de Flore for his memoir The Romanian: Story of an Obsession, Bruce Benderson has gained international respect for his controversial opinions and original take on contemporary society. In this collection of essays, Benderson directs his exceptional powers of observation toward some of the most debated, as well as some of the most neglected, issues of our day. In Sex and Isolation, readers will encounter eccentric street people, Latin American literary geniuses, a French cabaret owner, a transvestite performer, and many other unusual characters- theyll visit subcultures rarely described in writing and be treated to Bendersons iconoclastic opinions about culture in former and contemporary urban society. Whether proposing new theories about the relationship between art, entertainment, and sex, analyzing the rise of the Internet and the disappearance of public space, or considering how religion and sexual identity interact, each essay demonstrates sharp wit, surprising insight and some startling intellectual positions. This is the first American volume of Bendersons collected essays, featuring both new work and some of his best-known writings, including his famous essay Toward the New Degeneracy.In our boastfully casual clothes, we now go about lives programmed for drabness, like stunted Pilgrims in a Protestant community devoid of libidinal expression. Our alibi? That fashion was once a harmful way of distinguishing the rich from the poor. That merchandising is part of the delirious Spectacle designed to keep us enslaved.-excerpt from Fear of FashionWhen it comes to discussing outsider culture, academics have invented distanced cynical terms like performance or transgression. Giving voice to the reality of poverty in all its lustiness, energy, and degradation has become taboo, and it is actually considered a blight to a poor persons integrity to tell the reality of his cultural experiences.-excerpt from Toward the New Degeneracy