Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

 
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Friday, Mar 12, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Per Svensson
Axess (2010)

“Nothing is as popular with the middle class as being horrified by the narrow-mindedness of the middle class. What does the middle class have in common with cruel Sir Kato (from Astrid Lindgren’s Mio, My Son), apart from the task of embodying evil in the world? Self-loathing. No one despises the middle class as diligently as the middle class itself. Is there any contemporary novel where a reasonably typical middle-class existence is presented as harmonious and desirable? The parking lot is abandoned. Are there any novels, plays, films, TV series or newspaper articles where the values and customs of the middle class are highlighted as an obstacle to a happy and authentic life?”


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