The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society

The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society

by William Deresiewicz
The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society

The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society

by William Deresiewicz


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A passionate, probing collection gathering nearly thirty years of groundbreaking reflection on culture and society alongside four new essays, by one of our most respected essayists and critics—former Yale English professor and National Book Critics Circle Award-winner William Deresiewicz.

What is the internet doing to us? What is college for? What are the myths and metaphors we live by? These are the questions that William Deresiewicz has been pursuing over the course of his award-winning career. The End of Solitude brings together more than forty of his finest essays, including four that are published here for the first time.

Ranging widely across the culture, they take up subjects as diverse as Mad Men and Harold Bloom, the significance of the hipster, and the purpose of art. Drawing on the past, they ask how we got where we are. Scrutinizing the present, they seek to understand how we can live more mindfully and freely, and they pose two fundamental questions: What does it mean to be an individual, and how can we sustain our individuality in an age of networks and groups?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250858634
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2023
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 657,470
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William Deresiewicz’s writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, the American Scholar, and many other publications. He is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing and is the New York Times bestselling author of Excellent Sheep, The Death of the Artist, and A Jane Austen Education.

Table of Contents


The End of Solitude
Solitude and Leadership
Faux Friendship
Culture against Culture
The Girl with the High-Speed Connection
The Ghost in the Machine
All in a Dream

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education
The Neoliberal Arts
The Defunding of the American Mind
On Political Correctness
Change Your Mind First: College and the Urge to Save the World
Why I Left Academia (Since You’re Wondering)
Heal for America
On the Beach
In Memoriam

Generation Sell
Just Friends
Seeing Things
The True Church
Arms and the Man
Latter-Day Saint

The Maker’s Hand
Upper Middle Brow
Food, Food Culture, Culture
The Platinum Age
Merce Cunningham: Celestial Mechanics
Mark Morris: Home Coming
Studies Show Arts Have Value

Alfred Kazin: Fiery Particle of Spirit
Harold Rosenberg: The Individual Nuisance
Harold Bloom: The Horror, the Horror
Clive James: Letter to the Twenty-First Century
Mark Greif: Facing Reality
Hunting the Whale
How’s That Again?

A Jew in the Northwest
The Limits of Limits
Parade’s End
Day of Atonement

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