Cultural Cohesion

Cultural Cohesion Books Author Clive James Six Years After The Much Heralded Publication Of Cultural Amnesia, Clive James Presents His Prequel Forty Nine Essays That He Has Selected As The Best Of His Half Century Career Originally Appearing As As Of This Writing, Cultural Cohesion Examines The Twisted Cultural Terrain Of The Twentieth Century In One Of The Most Accessible And Cohesive Volumes Available Divided Into Four Sections Poetry, Fiction And Literature, Culture And Criticism, And Visual Images James Comments On Poets Like W H Auden And Phillip Larkin, Novelists Like D H Lawrence And Raymond Chandler Not To Mention Judith Krantz , And Filmmakers Like Fellini And Bogdanovich Throughout, James Delights His Readers With His Manic Energy And Critical Aplomb This Volume, Featuring A New Introduction, Is A One Volume Cultural Education That Few Recent Books Can Rival.Cultural Cohesion

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  • Paperback
  • 640 pages
  • Cultural Cohesion
  • Clive James
  • English
  • 11 July 2017
  • 9780393346367

10 thoughts on “Cultural Cohesion

  1. says:

    Can t do better than the New Yorker s description Clive James is a brilliant bunch of guys Here is the consummate guide to both high and low culture and everything in between James is brilliant company and a colossal intellect He s funny He famously described Arnold Schwartzenegger as looking like a brown condom full of walnuts , intuitiv...

  2. says:

    Any time spent considering the cultural landscape with Clive James is time well spent Despite the title, however, there are no real similarities, other than sensibility and wit, between Cultural Cohesion and James s masterwork Cultural Amnesia so the two works are not comparable I don t begrudge James for going with the marketing idea of leveraging the success of Cultural Amnesia to re package these essays, but they are not what Cultural Amnesia was an artfully conceived and created book of essays making a considered argument Cultural Cohesion is a repackaged anthology of essays It is the difference, say, between Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and One, the Beatles collection of greatest hits Both are worthy but only one is a masterpiece.Originally published at the turn of the millennium as As of This Writing, The Essential Essays, 1968 2002, the volume also includes postscript commentaries on many of the gathered essays, some of which are charming or informative, others hardly necessary The essays are organized by genre or a topic, Poetry Auden, Heaney, Lowell, Larkin, Jarrell, Murray, and others , Fiction and Literature Lawrence, Agee, Chandler, Conan Doyle, Solzhenitsyn, Orwell, Twain, Levi and others , Culture and Criticism Hellman, Mailer and Marilyn, Germaine Geer, Ber...

  3. says:

    For my first Clive James book I chose this over Cultural Amnesia because the short, accessible essays in Amnesia came off in my bookstore browsing as imperious, even glib I like non fiction that has some depth As a result I was often out of my own James is the exceedingly rare polymath critic who seems to know everything important about every field of art, and he writes for readers who are already familiar with his subjects This means that James s essays aren t the place to be introduced to new writers, poets, and media their purpose is to throw new light on what you ve already thought about So the first 160 pages, about poets, were a struggle I know less about poetry than about almost any other art form, and lack even the vocabulary to discuss it intelligently The next section, on fiction and literature, was better going, with essays on Chandler, Le Carr , Primo Levi, Mark Twain, and Casanova The final two parts, on culture and media, were the best I enjoyed articles than I can list, and particularly loved the short piece on Peter Bogdanovich, a far interesting figure than I d known.This writing originally appeared in various periodicals from the 1970s through the 2000s, and James updates each with a postscript pu...

  4. says:

    Wise and illuminating stories from cultural nooks and crannies worth revisiting.

  5. says:

    Cultural Amnesia was phenomenal This collection of recycled essays with CYA additions from 2002 has flashes of the same brilliance that makes Clive James such an eminently quotable and undoubtedly erudite critic, but it lacks the unity that made his other book so enthralling.

  6. says:

    Minor James The writing is still exquisite, the criticism sharp as ever, but the subjects he chooses are either not worthy of his time or so narrow as to be incomprehensible to all but the most studied devotees.

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