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American Studies: Essays / Edition 1

American Studies: Essays / Edition 1

by Louis Menand
     
 

ISBN-10: 0374529000

ISBN-13: 2900374529009

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Brilliant, surprising insights into America yesterday and today from the New York Times bestselling author of The Metaphysical Club.

What was the real significance of William James's breakdown? Of the anti-Semitism in T.S. Eliot's writing? What's the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism? Why doesn't

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Brilliant, surprising insights into America yesterday and today from the New York Times bestselling author of The Metaphysical Club.

What was the real significance of William James's breakdown? Of the anti-Semitism in T.S. Eliot's writing? What's the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism? Why doesn't Norman Mailer "get" Madonna? And who else but Louis Menand would describe former Vice President Al Gore as "a holist, a post-postmodernist, and a goo-goo"?

At each step in his latest journey through American culture history, Menand has an original point to make. Like The Metaphysical Club, American Studies--is game and detached, with a strong curiosity about the reasons ideas insinuate themselves into the culture at large. Menand explores the rise and fall of the TV network, the importance of Richard Wright, Pauline Kael, and Rolling Stone, and why we dropped the bomb. He lends an ear to Al Gore in the White House as the Starr Report is presented to the public. And he makes us look more closely at our world and ourselves.

From one of our leading thinkers and critics, known for his "sly wit and reportorial high-jinks...clarity and rigor" (The Nation), these essays are incisive, thought-provoking, and compelling--intellectual and cultural history at its best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900374529009
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
William James and the Case of the Epileptic Patient3
The Principles of Oliver Wendell Holmes31
T. S. Eliot and the Jews54
Richard Wright: The Hammer and the Nail76
The Long Shadow of James B. Conant91
The Last Emperor: William S. Paley112
A Friend Writes: The Old New Yorker125
Norman Mailer in His Time146
Life in the Stone Age162
The Popist: Pauline Kael180
Christopher Lasch's Quarrel with Liberalism198
Lust in Action: Jerry Falwell and Larry Flynt221
Laurie Anderson's United States239
The Mind of Al Gore244
The Reluctant Memorialist: Maya Lin265
Notes285

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