Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip Mining of American Culture

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Katharine Washburn, John F. Thornton
W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - 329 páginas
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 Culture

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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

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Foreword by the Editors
11
Some Leading Indicators
23
Introduction by John Simon
43
Gilbert T Sewall The Postmodern Schoolhouse
57
The Return
68
Heather MacDonald Writing Down Together
88
Steven Goldberg The Erosion of the Social Sciences
97
Brad Leithauser The Saving Minutes
114
Joseph Epstein What to Do about the Arts
179
Sven Birkerts Homo Virtualis
209
Kent Carroll The Facts of Fiction and the Fiction of Facts
224
George F Kennan Egalitarianism and Diversity
237
David Klinghoffer Kitsch Religion
250
The Waxing
261
Jonathan Rosen The Trivialization of Tragedy
270
Armstrong Williams I Feel Good to Be a Black Male
281

David R Slavitt Circling the Squires
126
Ken Kalfus Last Night at the Planetarium
139
Park Voodoo Science
149
A Defense of Popular
157
Phillip Lopate The Last Taboo
164
Nahum Waxman Cooking Dumb Eating Dumb
297
Paul R McHugh Whats the Story?
308
Michael Vincent Miller Does Sex Still Exist?
321
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Katharine Washburn is an editor and translator. She lives in New York.

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