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The Other Serious: Essays for the New American Generation
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date July 5, 2016
Pages 288
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780062320360
ISBN-10 006232036X
Dimensions 0.64 by 5.31 by 8 in.
Original list price $14.99
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An original collection of incandescent cultural criticism, both experimental and personal, full of pragmatic advice for how to live a considered, joyful existence in our era of screen living and hipster irony, by a Gen-X Princeton professor and contributor to The New York Times

The essays in The Other Serious examine the signature phenomena of our moment: the way our lives contradict themselves, how exaggeration and excess seep into our collective subconscious, why gender is becoming more rather than less complicated, and how we interact with the material things that surround us. It is a book about the delicacy and bluntness of American life, about how pop culture sticks its finger deeply into the ethical dilemmas of our time, and how to negotiate between the old and the new, the high and the low, the global and the local, the sacred and the profane. At the heart of these reflections lies a central question: What should you do when you don't know what to do?

Taken together, these essays comprise a guide for the overhaul of "the administrativersity" of contemporary American life, a bureaucratic prison where the brain needn't work anymore. These pieces investigate the writer's own way of thinking—putting forth new ideas, questioning them, and urging the reader to adopt the same spirit of critical reexamination.



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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (July 7, 2015)
9780062320353 | details & prices | 243 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.81 lbs | List price $25.99
About: An original collection of incandescent cultural criticism, both experimental and personal, full of pragmatic advice for how to live a considered, joyful existence in our era of screen living and hipster irony, by a Gen-X Princeton professor and contributor to The New York TimesThe essays in The Other Serious examine the signature phenomena of our moment: the way our lives contradict themselves, how exaggeration and excess seep into our collective subconscious, why gender is becoming more rather than less complicated, and how we interact with the material things that surround us.
With Edward C. Fuller | from Houghton Mifflin School (August 1, 1974); titled "Chemistry and Man's Environment"
9780395170861 | details & prices | List price $25.95
This edition also contains Chemistry and Man's Environment
Paperback
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from Perennial (July 5, 2016)
9780062320360 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.31 × 8.00 × 0.64 in. | List price $14.99
About: An original collection of incandescent cultural criticism, both experimental and personal, full of pragmatic advice for how to live a considered, joyful existence in our era of screen living and hipster irony, by a Gen-X Princeton professor and contributor to The New York TimesThe essays in The Other Serious examine the signature phenomena of our moment: the way our lives contradict themselves, how exaggeration and excess seep into our collective subconscious, why gender is becoming more rather than less complicated, and how we interact with the material things that surround us.

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