Against Everything

Against Everything

by Mark Greif

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Against Everything by Mark Greif

A brilliant collection of essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament. As William Deresiewicz has written in Harper’s Magazine, “[Mark Greif ] is an intellectual, full stop . . . There is much of [Lionel] Trilling in Greif . . . Much also of Susan Sontag . . . What he shares with both, and with the line they represent, is precisely a sense of intellect—of thought, of mind—as a conscious actor in the world.”

Over the past eleven years, Greif has been publishing superb, and in some cases already famous, essays in n+1, the high-profile little magazine that he co-founded. These essays address such key topics in the cultural, political, and intellectual life of our time as the tyranny of exercise, the tyranny of nutrition and food snobbery, the sexualization of childhood (and everything else), the philosophical meaning of Radiohead, the rise and fall of the hipster, the impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the crisis of policing. Four of the selections address, directly and unironically, the meaning of life—what might be the right philosophical stance to adopt toward one’s self and the world.

Each essay in Against Everything is learned, original, highly entertaining, and, from start to finish, dead serious. They are the work of a young intellectual who, with his peers, is reinventing and reinvigorating what intellectuals can be and say and do. Mark Greif manages to reincarnate and revivify the thought and spirit of the greatest of American dissenters, Henry David Thoreau, for our time and historical situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101971741
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 260,200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MARK GREIF received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard in history and literature and an MPhil from Oxford in English as a British Marshall Scholar. In 2004, he co-founded the literary and intellectual journal n+1 in New York and has been a principal at the maga­zine since then. He earned a PhD in American studies from Yale in 2007. Since 2008, he has been on the faculty of the New School in New York, where he is currently an associate professor. His previous book, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973, was published in 2015. Greif has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and, for 2016–17, is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

I
Against Exercise
Afternoon of the Sex Children
On Food
Octomom and the Market in Babies

II
The Concept of Experience (The Meaning of Life, Part I)

III
Radiohead, or the Philosophy of Pop
Punk: The Right Kind of Pain
Learning to Rap

IV
Gut-Level Legislation, or, Redistribution (The Meaning of Life, Part II)

V
The Reality of Reality Television
WeTube
What Was the Hipster?

VI
Anaesthetic Ideology (The Meaning of Life, Part III)

VII
Mogadishu, Baghdad, Troy, or Heroes Without War
Seeing Through Police

VIII
Thoreau Trailer Park (The Meaning of Life, Part IV)

Acknowledgments

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