W. David Marx

W. David Marx

Tokyo, Japan
Sep
20

Links on Culture for September

Beer cooler status symbols, wet putty cars, and how #oldmoney isn't very Old Money The last few months have seen
4 min read
Sep
02

21st Century Culture: Boring or Static? (Or both?)

Whether the 21st century ecosystem of pop culture is suffering from stasis is a separate question from whether its output
5 min read
Aug
22

My New Book: Status and Culture

A sneak peek into my new book that links individuals’ fundamental desire for social status to the formation of taste,
4 min read
Jul
21

Notes on Our Tasteless Era

Recent journalism, criticism, and social media posts suggest a surge in bad taste across art, fashion, and media. What does
7 min read
Jun
23

Vanilla, Peaches, and All the Other Lesser Smells

The scientific search for fundamental human taste preferences is commendable but our "evolutionary instincts" can't explain the full complexity of
4 min read
Jun
08

The Sociology of John Mayer’s Outfit Guidance

John Mayer's "point-system" for balanced creative dress reveals a few key realities about how culture works Guitarist and songwriter John
4 min read
May
26

Future Sounds: Cheap Gear and Easy Samples

Does the democratization of electronic music tools change how we hear the sounds? Like many others in the late 1990s,
5 min read
May
11

Art versus commerce in the NFT Era

With no more "art for art's sake" nor "selling out," we have landed upon a new resolution in the long
5 min read
Apr
28

Notes on The Nineties

Thoughts on Chuck Klosterman's The Nineties: A Book and the lived experience of the Nineties, a particular decade I. Remembering
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Apr
01

What is Culture? Part Seven: Summary and Bibliography

Wrapping everything up, with a few clarifications and some suggestions for further reading We started with a near-impossible mission: Define
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