The Gist explores Andy Warhol’s erotic cinema with Ara Osterweil, and the Andrew Robinson trial.

Andy Warhol’s Awkward Sex Films

Andy Warhol’s Awkward Sex Films

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 30 2014 6:38 PM

True Tales of Andy Warhol’s Sex Couch

Sixties art house erotica was provocative, but was it a turn on?

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Andy Warhol behind a movie camera, 1968.

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Today on The Gist, we talk about Andy Warhol’s erotic films with McGill University professor Ara Osterweil, who explains how movies like Couch and Blow Job transformed American visual culture. Osterweil is the author of Flesh Cinema: The Corporeal Turn in American Avant-Garde Film. For the Spiel, the kid who kicked a cat and the luxury of outrage.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.