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Public Face Of Modernism by Mark S. Morrisson
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Oct 10, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: socio-poli-religio-cultural, aesthetics-writing-linguistics

Solid, but I could have used just a wee bit more context, it rambles in places, and it really would have been nice to have more than a smattering of photos/repros of covers and pages of the magazines as well as quotes from the content. That is, since the work is narrow and focused in scope and the overall academic argument is minor (albeit important), why not toss some more of the original material our way? That was probably an economic decision -- and, indeed, this very much suggests that electronic scholarship as either an add-on or as the primary method of presenting the material would be of use.

All that said, it's an interesting exploration and a complication of issues of modernism and the rise of advertising and the modern press. And although in one sense this is a study in failure, it would be nice there was more mingling of art and populism and politics along the lines of these little magazines and if some of the modern-day little magazines had some of the ambitions of the the titles Morrisson covers in his book.

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