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Hotel America: Scenes in the Lobby of the Fin de Siecle (Theory, Culture and Society)
Hotel America: Scenes in the Lobby of the Fin de Siecle (Theory, Culture and Society) Lewis Lapham 1859849520 9781859849521 In Hotel America, Lewis Lapham draws a portrait of a society at a loss to know what to think or make of it
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Hotel America: Scenes in the Lobby of the Fin de Siecle (Theory, Culture and Society) by Lewis Lapham

In Hotel America, Lewis Lapham draws a portrait of a society at a loss to know what to think or make of itself at the end of a century once defined as Americas own. His observations speak to the moral and intellectual confusions visited upon the American ruling elites - in the media and the universities as well as in business and government - during the years 1989-1995. The spectacle is both comic and sad, a march of folly that calls forth Laphams unique range of talents as an essayist - clarity of mind, acerbic wit, a thorough knowledge of American history (both ancient and modern), a sense of the absurd, a gift for the apt word and memorable phrase. Drawn across a broad canvas of incidental and scene. Laphams sketches take as their occasions events as different from one another as the wars in Panama and the Persian Gulf, the apotheosis of Richard Nixon and the transfiguration of O. J. Simpson, the grim inspections of the American soul conducted by the agents of both the pious left (no smoking cigarettes, no dirty water in the swimming pools, condoms in the schools) and the zealous right (no serial murders in the movies, no lesbians in the army, prayer in the schools), the medias use of history as wallpaper and elevator music, the dwindling significance of President Clinton (vanishing as mysteriously as the Cheshire cat) and the bombastic arrival of Newt Gingrich (a man for all grievances), the practice of swindling the stockholders and the art of changing gossip into news.

Author: Lewis Lapham

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 378

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 1995-10-17

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ISBN: 1859849520


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