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With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper’s magazine, presents a portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head. This acerbic commentary on the insouciance of the monied ruling class concludes with a forewarning piece where Lapham looks at the fate of indolent ruling classes throughout history.
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Overview

With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper’s magazine, presents a portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head. This acerbic commentary on the insouciance of the monied ruling class concludes with a forewarning piece where Lapham looks at the fate of indolent ruling classes throughout history.
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From the Publisher
“Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.”—Elias Khoury

“A frequently interesting collection of essays.”—College Literature

Johanna Berkman
These dour yet witty ruminations spare no one and nothing.
New York Times Book Review
Johanna Berkman
These dour yet witty ruminations spare no one and nothing. -- The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859841198
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 12/17/1998
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Brennan is professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His books include At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now and, most recently, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of the Left and Right. He writes for a number of journals, including New Left Review and The Nation.

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, and a member of the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University. His previous books include Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Citizen and Subject, and When Victims Become Killers. From Kampala, Uganda, he now divides his time between New York and Kampala.

Ilan Pappe is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His many books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and, most recently, Gaza in Crisis (with Noam Chomsky). He writes for, among others, the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision; The Question of Zion ; and the novel Albertine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Pax Economica 7
Washington Rain Dance 15
Jefferson on Toast 21
Bomb-o-Gram 29
Elfland 39
Eyebrow Pencils 47
Christmas Carol 55
Time Lines 63
Sacred Scroll 71
Capitalist Tool 79
Balzac's Garret 87
Citizen Dole 93
Lights, Camera, Democracy! 101
Back to School 111
Oklahoma Lobster 119
Painted Fire 125
Dies Irae 133
La Vie Boheme 141
Economic Correctness 149
The Spanish Armadillo 157
Field Trip 173
Abracadabra 181
In the Garden of Tabloid Delight 189
The Life 199
Waiting for the Barbarians 207
Index 225
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