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Masscult and Midcult by Dwight Macdonald
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Mar 08, 13

bookshelves: essays, literary-criticism, philosophy, nyrb-classics
Read from July 27, 2012 to March 09, 2013

A tutorial in what literary criticism ought to be - erudite, witty, curmudgeonly but also self-aware of the dangers of pomposity. Brilliant stuff.

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08/06/2012 page 27
54.0% "Wonderful dissection of the Great Ideas / Great Books marketing phenomenon of the 50s and 60s."
03/01/2013 page 62
21.0% "Nice review of both the Revised Standard Version and the New English Bible ('the Camford Bible') and an excellent defence of the KJB."
92.0% "Love Macdonald's dissection of Tom Wolfe's pretentious 'para journalism'."
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