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The Culture We Deserve
Jacques Barzun; Arthur Krystal, ed.

1989 • 200 pp. 5 1/2 x 8"
Philosophy / Essays / Literary Criticism

$17.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6237-1

“[Mr. Barzun] is in favor of intuition, spontaneity. He is against mindless support for and glorification of artists [and] the thoughtless corruption of language.”New York Times Book Review

Twelve essays exploring aspects of literacy and art criticism, retrospective sociology and the effects of relativism on moral behavior.

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“It is very hard for a reviewer to do justice to a book so fertile in ideas, so challenging, so crowded with unexpected yet relevant details...The Culture We Deserve is a self-interview responding to all your queries, even the ones you were not clever enough to ask...And all this in a style that is conversational but not chatty, lucid but not dry, civilized but not highfalutin.”—John Simon, The American Spectator

“In 12 wise, stimulating essays and lectures, a noted Columbia University scholar...examines aspects of literary and art criticism, retrospective sociology, the abandonment of intelligibility [and] the effects of relativism on moral behavior.” Publishers Weekly

“[Barzun’s] well-crafted essays...exalt Pascal’s esprit de finesse, or ‘intuitive understanding.’”Washington Post Book World

JACQUES BARZUN is a scholar, teacher, editor, and critic who lives in New York City. Among his best-known works are Darwin, Marx, Wagner, Berlioz and the Romantic Century, Teacher in America, The House of Intellect, and A Word or Two Before You Go

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