Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture

Thornton, John F.

Passionate observers across the political/intellectual spectrum confront the downward spiral of American life, art, and thought. With vigor, wit, learning, common sense, and urgency, twenty-three essayist--including John Simon, Cynthia Ozick, Phillip Lopate, George F. Kennan, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Epstein, and Brad Leithauser--examine aspects of our pan-cultural "dumbing down" and offer both diagnoses of and possible cures for this wasting disease.

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