Title: Against Everything: Essays Author: GREIF MARK Format: HARDCOVER Publication date: 06/09/2016 Imprint: PANTHEON Price: $52.00 Publishing status: Active
A brilliant collection of critical essays by a young writer who is already a star in the intellectual firmament a book of scope and acuity worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation" and Joan Didion's "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Over the course of eleven years Mark Greif has been publishing superb and in some cases superstar essays in "n+1, " the high-profile little magazine that he co-founded with some Harvard classmates. These essays address such key topics in the cultural and intellectual life of our time as the tyranny of exercise, the tyranny of nutrition and food snobbery, the sexualization of childhood (and everything else), the philosophical meaning of Radiohead, the rise and fall of the hipster, the impact of the Occupy movement, and the crisis of policing. Each essay is learned, original, highly entertaining, and, from start to finish, dead serious. They are the work of a young intellectual who, with his peers, is reinventing and reinvigorating what intellectuals can be and say and do. An important contribution to the higher mental life of our vexed time."
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