9780060730598

The Middle Mind

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060730598

  • ISBN10:

    0060730595

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/23/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Acclaimed social critic Curtis White describes an all-encompassing and little-noticed force taking over our culture and our lives that he calls the Middle Mind: the current failure of the American imagination in the media, politics, education, art, technology, and religion. Irreverent, provocative, and far-reaching, White presents a clear vision of this dangerous mindset that threatens America's intellectual and cultural freedoms, concluding with an imperative to reawaken and unleash the once powerful American imagination. The Middle Mind is pragmatic, plainspoken, populist, contemptuous of the Right's narrowness, and incredulous before the Left's convolutions. It wants to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and has bought an SUV with the intent of visiting it. It even understands in some indistinct way how that very SUV spells the Arctic's doom.

Author Biography

Curtis White is the author of the novels Memories of My Father Watching TV and Requiem. A widely acclaimed essayist, his work appears regularly in Context, The Village Voice, In These Times, and Harper's. He is the current president of the Center for Book Culture/Dalkey Archive Press

Table of Contents

Foreword: First a Brain Wash v
Introduction 1(24)
The Middle Mind
25(36)
Such an Awesome Site of Resistance
61(29)
The Great American Disaster Machine
90(57)
The Highway of Despair Leads to a World in Love
147(40)
Notes Toward the Next American Sublime
187(16)
Bibliography 203(4)
Acknowledgments 207(2)
About the Author 209

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