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Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
By Dwight MacDonald, Louis Menand (introduced by) and John Summers (editor)
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Publisher New York Review of Books
Publication date October 11, 2011
Pages 291
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590174470
ISBN-10 159017447X
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: A New York Review Books Original

An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick 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 cultural 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 common stupidity but neither happy nor free.

This 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 ever.

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With Dwight MacDonald, John Summers (other contributor) | from New York Review of Books (October 11, 2011)
9781590174470 | details & prices | 291 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A New York Review Books OriginalAn uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick 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 cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning works of art that are said to be good and good for you and are not.

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