Faculty Book: Louis Menand
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002; 306 pp.)
Hot on the heels of Menand's Pulitzer Prize-winning intellectual history, The Metaphysical Club, is this collection of short essays penned for such publications as the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and Artforum. The volume, an idiosyncratic reading of American intellectual history full of lively vignettes and startling insights, ranges from topics such as anti-Semitism in the writings of T.S. Eliot to the connection between Larry Flynt's Hustler and Jerry Falwell's evangelism, from William James's nervous breakdown to the cultural implications of the atomic bomb and the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Menand, a distinguished professor of English at The Graduate Center, always writes with a witty, approachable style that is also impeccably learned, a combination that has made him both a New York Times best-selling author and a widely-esteemed cultural historian.
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Submitted on: NOV 13, 2002