In the second episode of (Pop) Cultural Marxism, Isi and Ajay continue their explorations of the “fantastic form” of pop-cultural commodities. This time around, they take up the latest addition to the Star Wars universe, Tony Gilroy’s television series Andor. Their talk touches on topics large and small, from animatronic garbage droids, ordinary social life in the Star Wars universe, and the petty middle managerialism of empire, to labor militancy, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, early Hollywood genre conventions, and much more (including a detour through dance).
(Pop) Cultural Marxism is a monthly series of the Podcast for Social Research, produced by William R. Clark. If you like what you’ve heard, consider subscribing to Brooklyn Institute’s Patreon page, where you can enjoy access to all past and future episodes of the podcast.
Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, scored by Philip Glass
Kyle McCarthy for Lux Magazine, on ballet and feminism
Bayonetta 3 controversy
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble
Susan Sontag, Notes on Camp
Mark Fisher’s blog post on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Franz Neumann, Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
Thomas Hobbes, Behemoth
Arash Abizadeh on Hobbes’ state of nature
John Locke, Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina
Films mentioned: Brian de Palma, Carrie; Ridley Scott, Alien; John Carpenter, The Thing; Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist; Jennie Livingston, Paris is Burning; Robert J. Flaherty, Nanook of the North; Jacques Tati, Playtime; Terry Gilliam, Brazil; Jean-Pierre Melville, Army of Shadows; Jean-Pierre Melville, Le Samouraï