Lunchbox / Soapbox
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The best clues as to the nature of the times are often to be found in its leading works of art. In my view, the most insightful Western works of recent decades are the three American television series, The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Mad Men. Violence plays a major role in both of the first two productions.
Perhaps this is linked to the excessive fearfulness common in modern Western upper-middle-class life, illustrated by the paranoia about children being abducted that impels parents to chauffeur them everywhere. The reality is that they live in suburbs in which the statistical likelihood of child abduction is infinitesimal.
John Carroll is professor of sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne and author of The Existential Jesus.
We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.
With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.
If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.