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Masscult and Midcult

Essays Against The American Grain

By Dwight Macdonald

A New York Review Books Original

An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning works of art that are said to be good and good for you and are not. He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not only on aesthetic but on political grounds. Midcult rendered people complacent and compliant, secure in their common stupidity but neither happy nor free.

This new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, assembled by John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, reintroduces a remarkable American critic and writer. In the era of smart, sexy, and everything indie, Macdonald remains as pertinent and challenging as ever.

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Book

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  • 306.0973 Mac, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2011

ISBN

9781590174470


Format: Book
Author: Macdonald, Dwight
Title: Masscult and midcult : essays against the American grain / Dwight Macdonald ; edited by John Summers ; introduction by Louis Menand.
Publisher Date: New York : New York Review Books, 2011.
Subject: Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States Civilization, Western Social change -- United States Popular culture -- United States United States -- Civilization -- 1970- United States -- Intellectual life
Isbn: 9781590174470 159017447X
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Format: Book
Author: Macdonald, Dwight
Title: Masscult and midcult : essays against the American grain / Dwight Macdonald ; edited by John Summers ; introduction by Louis Menand.
Publisher, Date: New York : New York Review Books, 2011.
Description: xxii, 291 p. ; 21 cm.
Series: New York Review Books classics
Subjects: Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States
Subjects: Civilization, Western
Subjects: Social change -- United States
Subjects: Popular culture -- United States
Subjects: United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
Subjects: United States -- Intellectual life
Other Author: Summers, John, 1971-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Masscult and midcult -- James Agee -- Ernest Hemingway -- By Cozzens possessed -- The book of the millennium club -- Updating the Bible -- The string untuned -- The triumph of the fact -- Parajournalism, or, Tom Wolfe and his magic writing machine -- Norman Cousins's flat world.
LCCN: 2011016632
ISBN: 9781590174470
ISBN: 159017447X
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Call Number: 306.0973 Mac