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The Depth of Shallow Culture by Albert Bergesen
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May 02, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: 2008, cultural-studies

The entire time I was reading this, I was waiting for the part where the author said, "Ha ha, I was joking, of course no one thinks this." But alas, it never came. This book continued to be a mess through its mercifully short page span. This book includes a chapter on why sneaker design is like classical Greek tropes, one on how Rambo parallels Don Quixote, a couple of indecipherable pieces on the difference between Western and Japanese heroes (with glaring contradictions within the text itself), and a conclusion which I didn't finish reading. There is no basis for any of the arguments presented,and in several cases, the arguments are disproved by the examples.

Also, how do you write an entire chapter about sneaker style and not mention the Reebok Pump? COME ON.

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