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By Dwight Macdonald

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An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a guy of speedy wit and vast studying, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing word, Dwight Macdonald was once an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all these estimable, eminent, prizewinning artistic endeavors which are acknowledged to be sturdy and best for you and aren't. He dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it not just on aesthetic yet on political grounds. Midcult rendered humans complacent and compliant, safe of their universal stupidity yet neither chuffed nor free.

This new number of Macdonald’s best essays, assembled through John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, reintroduces a amazing American critic and author. within the period of clever, attractive, and every little thing indie, Macdonald is still as pertinent and difficult as ever.

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