Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West #2020

Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West By Agata Pyzik Poor But Sexy Culture Clashes in Europe East and West years after the fall of the Berlin Wall Europe is as divided as ever The passengers of the low budget airlines go east for stag parties and they go West for work but the East stays East and West
  • Title: Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West
  • Author: Agata Pyzik
  • ISBN: 9781780993942
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West By Agata Pyzik 24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe is as divided as ever The passengers of the low budget airlines go east for stag parties, and they go West for work but the East stays East, and West stays West Caricatures abound the Polish plumber in the tabloids, the New Cold War in the broadsheets and the endless search for the new Berlin for hipsters Against t24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe is as divided as ever The passengers of the low budget airlines go east for stag parties, and they go West for work but the East stays East, and West stays West Caricatures abound the Polish plumber in the tabloids, the New Cold War in the broadsheets and the endless search for the new Berlin for hipsters Against the stereotypes, Agata Pyzik peers behind the curtain to take a look at the secret histories of Eastern Europe and its tortured relations with the West Neoliberalism and mass migration, post punk and the Bowiephile obsession with the Eastern Bloc, Orientalism and self colonization , the emancipatory potentials of Socialist Realism, the possibility of a non Western idea of modernity and futurism, and the place of Eastern Europe in any current revival of the idea of communism all are much complex and surprising than they appear Poor But Sexy refuses both a dewy eyed Ostalgia for the good old days and the equally desperate desire to become a normal part of Europe , reclaiming instead the idea an Other Europe.
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    1. Agata Pyzik

      Agata Pyzik is a Polish journalist who divides her time between Warsaw and London, where she has already established herself as a writer on art, politics, music and culture for various magazines, including The Wire, Guardian, New Statesman, New Humanist, Afterall and Frieze.She studied philosophy, art history, English and American studies in Warsaw, and started writing and publishing during this time She wrote for major mainstream Polish newspapers, like Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik, Przekr j and Polityka, as well as was a regular contributor for a contemporary music magazine Glissando , and smaller literary magazines, like Lampa and other art magazines Her major interest was literature, especially poetry, contemporary art and architecture Her translations include American poet James Schuyler into Polish as well as a book by the Polish urbanist Krzysztof Nawratek City as Political idea into English, published by Plymouth University in 2011.She worked for the foremost independent art foundation in Poland, Bec Zmiana, for whom she contributed essays to several books on architecture and philosophy She also interviewed many writers for literary magazines, including Michel Houellebecq, Laszlo Krasznohorkai and Etgar Keret More recently her main interest is in contemporary forms of resistance and political aesthetics She has interviewed some of the foremost leftist thinkers and art theoreticians for the Polish journal 6 Weeks Notebook, which put together will become a book in Poland from zero books authors aga

    559 thoughts on “Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West”

    1. Poor But Sexy could have been an excellent book a readable introduction to the various and diverse cultures of eastern Europe, most of which are often seen as a single entity and inferior to these of the broadly defined West Although not excusable as ignorance never is, it is understandable countries which form this part of the world have been closed out of it for 50 years, and when they brought themselves back to it they surfaced again in different shapes One thing was consistent they were perc [...]


    2. A deep and insighful study As much as I enjoyed the writer s perspective, this book lacks editing and sometimes footnotes , a fact which is painfully obvious from the very first chapter Recommended, but with caution.


    3. If you re familiar with the Zero Books imprint, you know what you re in for an analysis of pop culture by a leftist member of the intelligentsia Unlike most Zero Books, Poor But Sexy is a full length work, a tour through Eastern European pop culture before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall It s erudite, ranty, witty, opinionated, than a little random, not terribly useful as research source material but entertaining enough to make up for its shortage of conventional scholarship Pyzik is utte [...]


    4. Very thought provoking and raised a lot of interesting questions plus gives me many things to pursue further , but it needed a strong editor it s often haphazard and runs off on tangents that go nowhere Still well worth a read.


    5. This article was first published in Catalonia Today magazine, May 2016 How little we know about the culture of that area of darkness Eastern Europe Living within a few hundred kilometres of this region, most of us would be hard pressed to give the names of than a handful of directors, actors or music groups from somewhere as close as the Czech Republic or even from the former East Germany Communism blotted out an entire world of creative expression to those who lived in the so called free West [...]


    6. I speak Polish and have been to Poland many times mostly Poland B , the poor, provincial and rural parts , and I felt like I already knew Agata Pyzik from her appearances in the writings of her partner, the architecture writer Owen Hatherley, so I bought this book with great interest, hoping to learn a lot about Poland and other former Soviet Bloc countries I enjoyed parts of the book, but overall I can only say it was OK , hence my two star rating I feel mean giving it such a low rating I real [...]


    7. The introduction of this book and the first couple of chapters are fascinating attention grabbing and prevocative Having been educated solely in the West my view of the East has been dictated largely by anti Communist sentiment and ignorance This book elucidated Poland and eastern Europe significantly providing a deeper understanding of our current political climate generally I admit though after chapter four my interest was beginning to wane and I felt the style became bogged down in the autho [...]


    8. An excellent cultural study of Poland under communism, showing an alternate history of the era with artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians who were for the most part unknown in the West and to me Pyzik shows that post war Poland had an active and sophisticated popular culture, lost in the rush to Europeanization after 1989.The book is a bit disorganized but passionate I love a good rant


    9. Somewhere underneath layer upon layer of utterly pretentious nonsense lie the bones of an excellent analysis of Eastern European pop culture that contains some truly interesting insights into life under communism and the experience of coming to terms with life after the fall of the Iron Curtain.This is not that book.Pyzik is not a bad writer, in fact, considering she is not writing in her mother tongue she s an excellent one, but she is in dire need of an editor.



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