Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip Mining of American Culture
With vigor, wit, learning, common sense, and urgency, twenty-three essayist—including John Simon, Cynthia Ozick, Phillip Lopate, George F. Kennan, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Epstein, and Brad Leithauser—examine aspects of our pan-cultural "dumbing down" and offer both diagnoses of and possible cures for this wasting disease.
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DUMBING DOWN: Essays on the Strip Mining of American CultureCrítica de los usuarios - Kirkus
Twenty-two sparkling essays defend the apocalyptic proposition that American culture ``has somehow begun sliding down a long, steep chute into nullity.'' Ever since Allan Bloom unexpectedly hit the ... Leer comentario completo
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The editors of this collection believe that an infection of thoughtlessness has placed American culture in a terminal condition. Washburn, a writer and translator, and literary agent Thornton have ... Leer comentario completo
Foreword by the Editors
Some Leading Indicators
Introduction by John Simon
Gilbert T Sewall The Postmodern Schoolhouse
Heather MacDonald Writing Down Together
Steven Goldberg The Erosion of the Social Sciences
Brad Leithauser The Saving Minutes
Joseph Epstein What to Do about the Arts
Sven Birkerts Homo Virtualis
Kent Carroll The Facts of Fiction and the Fiction of Facts
George F Kennan Egalitarianism and Diversity
David Klinghoffer Kitsch Religion
Jonathan Rosen The Trivialization of Tragedy
Armstrong Williams I Feel Good to Be a Black Male
David R Slavitt Circling the Squires
Ken Kalfus Last Night at the Planetarium
Park Voodoo Science
A Defense of Popular
Phillip Lopate The Last Taboo
Nahum Waxman Cooking Dumb Eating Dumb
Paul R McHugh Whats the Story?
Michael Vincent Miller Does Sex Still Exist?
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