Nonfiction Politics Literary Criticism THE MODERN PREDICAMENT Is George Scialabba S Second Essay Collection, Following His Acclaimed WHAT ARE INTELLECTUALS GOOD FOR Pressed Wafer, 2009 In 23 Compact, Lucid Essays Ranging Across Philosophy Kierkegaard, Nietzsche , Literature D H Lawrence, T S Eliot , History Michael Foucault, Christopher Lasch And Politics Michael Harrington , Scialabba Poses A Number Of Searching Questions, Directly And Eloquently, Continually Returning To One Is Moral Progress Possible, And At What Price In Her Introduction Barbara Ehrenreich Writes, As Long As We Exist As A Species, We Ll Be Debating What Constitutes Morality And Virtue, And We Could Hardly Have A Better Guide Than George Scialabba James Woods Hails THE MODERN PREDICAMENT As A Stimulating Encounter With One Of America S Best All Round Intellects. Received wisdom can be insidious Accepting something as true sets a course that can lead to all manner of unhappiness Not that happiness is a guarantee in life, but why add to the misery It helps to challenge, be skeptical and run it through the ringer before striking that bell George Scialabba offers a litmus test in due diligence with his collection of essays and reviews, THE MODERN PREDICAMENT As the title says, the book is unified in its perception of modernity through various lenses, including art, politics and religion What s not as clear is Scialabba s point of view, at least not at first He cites conservative critics and appears to side with traditionalists and even moralists, who decry our lack of discipline and authoritative structure Is freedom just another word for opening the door to thuggery But where Scialabba finds truth in the opposition, he is clearly anti capitalist and supports a socialist answer But doesn t pray at the
Another terrific collection by George Scialabba.
- 149 pages
- The Modern Predicament
- George Scialabba
- 26 July 2018 George Scialabba