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  • Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain
  • Dwight Macdonald
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  • 14 October 2018
  • 9781590174470
Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain

FREE READ â Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain FREE DOWNLOAD í SMALL-HOUSES.RU ä Dwight Macdonald Dwight Macdonald ä 1 FREE READ Ural fakery all those estimable eminent prizewinning works of art that are said to be good and good for you and are not He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not only on aesthetic but on political grounds Midcult rendered people complacent and compliant secure in their com. I went to a book talk to see Louis Menard the writer of this book s introduction which is largely the same as his New Yorker piece that drew my interest in the first place and John Summers the book s editor and was interested in their shared views on the declining relevance of MacDonald s core critiues in today s world I m however not so certain we re all that far past concerns about profit over uality or obligation over merit when it comes to the types of art and culture we consume Speaking of that very verb is a problematic and very 21st century term that captures a sliver of these issues Sure we ve seemingly merged two worlds high and low brow through among other things postmodernism and the increasing access technology gives most of us to a broader spectrum of arts and true we no longer fear declining cultural literacy as the leading edge of the end of our way of life or worse still the beginning of the slippery slope towards totalitarianism After all the trope of TV as the new novel seems pretty well accepted amongst even what is left of the chattering class Nevertheless there is absolutely a continuing vitality to the need for resistance to and indeed attacks upon the vulgarization and commoditization of culture and art Snobbery which arguably at its best could be better described as strong minded well informed and vocal discernment may have never been less popular but passionate and reasoned dissent from the tidal wave of common sentiment even if sometimes it s cheekily contrarian for its own sake will always have a place on my bookshelf I think reading this book and Adorno in a cycle for a couple of months would make me despair even of the state of culture today and perhaps expose me as hopelessly outmoded but damn if I don t at times long for these sort of well constructed poison penned cultural assessments These writers are not and should never be ultimate cultural arbiters any than the false cultural beacons they skewered but revealing takedowns of hard things made easy a phrase that might be both an oversimplification of midcult and a shorthand description of the internet age are important now today than ever All that said MacDonald is far from perfect as even one who has sought out venom begins after a while to tire of relentless negativity when critiues morph into somewhat overdone rants Moreover there are sticky and potentially uite regressive implications as to issues of privilege and class embedded in some of his big ideas that ought not be as glossed over as I have here For a much complex and complete view of the book and the man the Salon article linked in another review above is highly recommended Ice Cream for Breakfast How Rediscovering Your Inner Child Can Make You Calmer Happier and Solve Your Bullsht Adult Problems good and The Girl on the Train Bookmarked Official Summary and Analysis Book 2 good for you and are not He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not only on aesthetic but on political Billionaires Black Surrogate 2 grounds Midcult rendered people complacent and compliant secure in their com. I went to a book talk to see Louis Menard the writer of this book s introduction which is largely the same as his New Yorker piece that drew my interest in the first place and John Summers the book s editor and was interested in their shared views on the declining relevance of MacDonald s core critiues in today s world I m however not so certain we re all that far past concerns about profit over uality or obligation over merit when it comes to the types of art and culture we consume Speaking of that very verb is a problematic and very 21st century term that captures a sliver of these issues Sure we ve seemingly merged two worlds high and low brow through among other things postmodernism and the increasing access technology Realities and Relationships: Soundings in Social Construction gives most of us to a broader spectrum of arts and true we no longer fear declining cultural literacy as the leading edge of the end of our way of life or worse still the beginning of the slippery slope towards totalitarianism After all the trope of TV as the new novel seems pretty well accepted amongst even what is left of the chattering class Nevertheless there is absolutely a continuing vitality to the need for resistance to and indeed attacks upon the vulgarization and commoditization of culture and art Snobbery which arguably at its best could be better described as strong minded well informed and vocal discernment may have never been less popular but passionate and reasoned dissent from the tidal wave of common sentiment even if sometimes it s cheekily contrarian for its own sake will always have a place on my bookshelf I think reading this book and Adorno in a cycle for a couple of months would make me despair even of the state of culture today and perhaps expose me as hopelessly outmoded but damn if I don t at times long for these sort of well constructed poison penned cultural assessments These writers are not and should never be ultimate cultural arbiters any than the false cultural beacons they skewered but revealing takedowns of hard things made easy a phrase that might be both an oversimplification of midcult and a shorthand description of the internet age are important now today than ever All that said MacDonald is far from perfect as even one who has sought out venom begins after a while to tire of relentless negativity when critiues morph into somewhat overdone rants Moreover there are sticky and potentially uite regressive implications as to issues of privilege and class embedded in some of his big ideas that ought not be as Tycoon glossed over as I have here For a much complex and complete view of the book and the man the Salon article linked in another review above is highly recommended

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FREE READ â Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain FREE DOWNLOAD í SMALL-HOUSES.RU ä Dwight Macdonald Dwight Macdonald ä 1 FREE READ Mon stupidity but neither happy nor freeThis new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays assembled by John Summers the editor of The Baffler reintroduces a remarkable American critic and writer In the era of smart sexy and everything indie Macdonald remains as pertinent and challenging as eve. Too cantankerous for the highbrows too smart for the middlebrows too blasphemous for the orthodox too faithful for the relativists too left for the bougies not left enough for the communard poseurs Dwight Macdonald had that rare critical nose that can search nominally opposed party platforms and identify the same strains of bullshit All praise to the NYRB Press for putting Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain back into print These are beautiful essays His tone precise erudite merciless doesn t really sell much these days but there are sixty year old rhetorical suplexes on The Atlantic or the cult of Hemingway that disconcertingly still apply today Macdonald s treatment of some mega seller novelist named Cozzens and his awful awful sentences of Middle Americana fetishism is so vicious the victim and his reputation seem to have disappeared from the historical record out of sheer embarrassment And yet most of these accusations can be hurled at several major American novelists pulling the same con they re so sincere on the reading public today no need to name namesStill some essays are readable for their time capsule uality than for addressing any pressing issues today Macdonald s attack on the Harvard Great Books series uaintly recalls a time when Americans read enough books that it was OK to criticize some of those books instead of celebrating the fact that they read at all The zany antics of the New Journalists the pinnacle of creative nonfiction when Macdonald felt compelled to point out that these journalists were literally making shit up are of a joke than an example in creative nonfiction today And what about Masscult and Midcult those bogeyman invoked in the titular essay Many of the specifics have changed dramatically this stuff tends to have a brief shelf life thank God but Midcult high art modes repackaged for dunces continues to make a strong showing every year in the Oscars the Pulitzers The Atlantic and god knows how many dreadful novels about sad middle class American families that are always topping the NYT bestseller list Masscult though oh brother Masscult Masscult won Popular art for mass consumption is the new religion and it s hard to see poor Macdonald even having the energy to finish writing if we could jump back to 1962 and warn him about Buzzfeed also Vietnam and Ronald Reagan but mostly Buzzfeed We certainly don t have to share his sneering contempt for pop culture who doesn t like Star Wars but for his prescience alone that makes it essential reading for American cultural history

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FREE READ â Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain FREE DOWNLOAD í SMALL-HOUSES.RU ä Dwight Macdonald Dwight Macdonald ä 1 FREE READ A New York Review Books OriginalAn uncompromising contrarian a passionate polemicist a man of uick wit and wide learning an anarchist a pacifist and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well meaning cult. Where have all the curmudgeons gone Why are modern critics so afraid of telling it as they see it Maybe because criticism has been bought by midcult postmodernism just like everything else for sale today and it s all for sale In fifty years Macdonald won t even be readable a few of his essays are there already Parajournalism But that s what happens when a a critic of high cult sensibilities chooses to negatively critiue the offerings of his culturally specific by definition midcult peers His title essay as well as The Triumph of the Fact still ring through with remarkable clarity and there are books to be written to fill in the gaps of the past few decades Louis Menand may be doing it as well as Susan Jacoby But I don t think they re assholes and Macdonald clearly is But he s an asshole because he s angry and that anger is worth listening to We don t like our critics to be assholes it offends our democratic sensibilities but in exchange we compromise the truth or fear of ever grappling with it at all And what does Macdonald say about compromise Compromise is the essence of midcult and compromise is fatal to excellence in such matters Norman Cousins s Flat World Logans Turbomachinery gone Why are modern critics so afraid of telling it as they see it Maybe because criticism has been bought by midcult postmodernism just like everything else for sale today and it s all for sale In fifty years Macdonald won t even be readable a few of his essays are there already Parajournalism But that s what happens when a a critic of high cult sensibilities chooses to negatively critiue the offerings of his culturally specific by definition midcult peers His title essay as well as The Triumph of the Fact still ring through with remarkable clarity and there are books to be written to fill in the Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism - 2nd Edition gaps of the past few decades Louis Menand may be doing it as well as Susan Jacoby But I don t think they re assholes and Macdonald clearly is But he s an asshole because he s angry and that anger is worth listening to We don t like our critics to be assholes it offends our democratic sensibilities but in exchange we compromise the truth or fear of ever My Darrling grappling with it at all And what does Macdonald say about compromise Compromise is the essence of midcult and compromise is fatal to excellence in such matters Norman Cousins s Flat World