Writer Arnon Grunberg and Jennifer spar on “De Avonden”

Posted on May 14, 2013

By Jennifer Lyon Bell

In a new episode of VPRO's radio show De Avonden dedicated to exploring the relationship between sex and art, famed Dutch author Arnon Grunberg plans to show me a variety of film clips and invite me into debate as how to define and use these deliciously slippery categories.

The VPRO radio show “De Avonden” is a daily show (in Dutch) about the intersection of culture and the arts — film, theater, poetry, visual arts, and so on. This week they are featuring a special program called “Sex, Geen Kunst!” about the intersection of sex and the arts.

 

I’m very flattered to be invited to chat with award-winning author Arnon Grunberg and artist/host Wim Noordhoek about porn tonight. We discuss a series of amateur and professional clips together, and just generally free-form about porn positions, the differences between alternative and mainstream porn, the role of narrative, and Arnon’s personal porn stories.

 

You can hear tonight’s program at *10pm* tonight, Tuesday May 14, 2013.

 

(Update: If you’re watching the clip online, after it airs, you can skip to our part of the show at 1:25:00)

 

Check out the rest of their program too. Highlights include:

– erotic film expert at the Dutch Film Archive, Ronald Simons, about the history of porn (tonight also)

– a debate on the “new prudishness” including ‘Sunny Side of Sex’ documentary filmmaker Sunny Bergman

– the new artistic director of the Arnhem Fashion Biennial talking about fetish and fashion

– a discussion of irony in the Kama Sutra, with translator Herman Tieken

 

…and much more.

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