Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians

Essays From the Classics to Pop Culture

Book - 2012
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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARD

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews for The New York Review of Books , The New Yorker , and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as "one of the greatest critics of our time" ( Poets & Writers ). In Waiting for the Barbarians , he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays--each one glinting with "verve and sparkle," "acumen and passion"--on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag's Journals . Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson's translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles--none more explosively controversial than his dissection of Mad Men .

Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell's Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, "Private Lives," prefaced by Mendelsohn's New Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, No#65533;l Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. Waiting for the Barbarians once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn's "sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth."
Publisher: New York, NY : New York Review Books, ©2012
ISBN: 9781590176078
Branch Call Number: 801.95 MEN 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 423 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 26, 2017

The main article that I paid attention to was the one about Avatar... to be honest I'd never read nor watched many of the other mentioned Pop Culture should-knows (ex: Mad Men). I wouldn't say that I'm very knowledgeable in pop culture. But, with regards to the Avatar section, I do understand the heroic white-man egotistical story... but LET'S BE HONEST, the movie was pretty epic, ok?

I would like to see a more varied demographic in the more well-known movies of the 21st century... but like everything, entertainment is constantly evolving.

On a side note, I discovered that they're filming an Avatar 2, 3, and 4! They're going to have to build more on the Seattle MoPOP!
https://www.facebook.com/NowThisEntertainment/videos/1469894073072150/

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