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The Middle Mind: Why Americans don't Think for Themselves

White, Curtis

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ISBN 10: 071399763X / ISBN 13: 9780713997637
Verlag: Allen Lane, London, 2004
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Paperback. Minor scores, creases and edge wear on covers and spine. Light horizontal score across front cover. Pages are clean and text is clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 435800

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Titel: The Middle Mind: Why Americans don't Think ...

Verlag: Allen Lane, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2004

Einband: Paperback

Zustand:Good

Art des Buches: Used

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What is 'The Middle Mind?' According to Curtis White, it's the dominant force shaping American culture - and as we know, American culture is increasingly our culture too. Providing insights into the absurdity of the US lifestyle, this book calls for a recovery of imagination.

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Curtis White’s The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves--which grew from a 2002 Harper's article—examines as its titular object the dominant American liberal, pseudo-intellectual consciousness. "The Middle Mind" disdains hard thinking and true examination of corporate and political forces that act upon it. In the book, White dilates on his notion of an American Middle Mind to imagine a world beyond it, but he frequently gets lost on his journey. He finds three sources for this American malaise: the entertainment industry, academic orthodoxy, and political ideology. But, as in the original magazine piece, the figures he picks to condemn within this triumvirate are a bit surprising, even while his attacks are unremitting. NPR's Terry Gross, for example, is characterized as one whose work is "useless for the purposes of intelligence," and her show is dismissed as a "pornographic farce." In his critiques, White claims to be resisting the classic high-brow/low-brow cultural distinctions; or, rather, he sees the Middle Mind as having absorbed them. But his frequent allusions to Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, and high Modernism long for a world that never was, a world of art and political resistance that was somehow accessible in its full complexity to all of America. While White wants a creative, intelligent, politically engaged American mass culture, his exemplars look remarkably like high culture icons and few modern intellectuals are left standing (notably Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Bill Moyers). By the end, his call for a "pragmatic sublime" diffuses into vague, postmodern-theory-laden discussion of artistic formalism and a celebration of David Lynch's film Blue Velvet as a model for resistance. In this context of exclusivity, Terry Gross's inclusive "Middle Mind" seems the more open space for true discourse. --Patrick O’Kelley

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