He also tries to anatomize the Gothic turn in cultural and literary criticism which he is correct to say (from Freud to Barthes to Zizek) has always orgiastically
celebrated the pleasures of Gothic subversion and its potential for unsettling linear temporality, self/other binaries, and the phallogocentrism of Western thinking generally.
A sadistic dance class (reference to Dendy's own experience at a southern arts university) turns Henley off a dance career, but he accepts himself, as four satyrs (one female) in bikinis, all with erect penises attached, cavort orgiastically
around him to Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps.
You need only watch the film Woodstock and see how a throng of ragtag teenagers rose in unison to vigorously, angrily protest an American war along with Country Joe and the Fish to understand that the music reflected more than the media--obsessed with their sensationalized clips of nude, drug-crazed hippies writhing orgiastically
in the mud--let on.
divesting themselves of bourgeois sexual mores, they overturn conventional attitudes toward sleeping, hygiene, eating, parenting, learning, dressing, keeping track of time--even, finally, rejecting the notion that people should have names.
Others are more contrived, like the ghastly wedges of cement and steel that commemorate the long-winded, orgiastically
self-referential demolition derby in CREMASTER3: Five mint Chrysler Imperials from 1967 (the year of Barney's birth) destroy a customized Chrysler Imperial New Yorker from 1938 (the year of his father's birth and only one year off Serra's).