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The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

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In this masterwork on morality for the twenty-first century, White explores powerful ethical lessons through comic and yet revealing readings of popular film-Office Space as well as Brokeback Mountain-and a telling account of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Enlisting thinkers from Friedrich Nietzsche and Henry David Thoreau to John De Graaf (Affluenza), James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency), and...

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Overview

In this masterwork on morality for the twenty-first century, White explores powerful ethical lessons through comic and yet revealing readings of popular film-Office Space as well as Brokeback Mountain-and a telling account of Dan Brown's bestseller The Da Vinci Code. Enlisting thinkers from Friedrich Nietzsche and Henry David Thoreau to John De Graaf (Affluenza), James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency), and Michael Ableman (Fields of Plenty), White delivers a work that is both playful and profound.

About the Author:
Curtis White is a professor of English at Illinois State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977825318
  • Publisher: PoliPointPress, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Dubbed “the most inquiringly wicked social critic of the moment,” novelist and essayist Curtis White is a professor of English at Illinois State University. His previous book, The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves, was widely acclaimed. His other books include Monstrous Possibility, Requiem, Memories of My Father Watching TV, and The Idea of Home.

His essays have appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Magazine and The Village Voice. He lives in Normal, Illinois, with his wife Georganne Rundblad and their five psittacine companions.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Imagination Dead Imagine     19
Beyond the Golden Rule     45
Confessions of a Holy Whore     69
The Spirit of Disobedience     95
A New Fundamentalism: Time, Home, and Food     121
Epilogue     161
Notes     163
Bibliography     169
Acknowledgments     173
Index     175
About the Author     183
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