Waiting for the Barbarians : Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn

Hardcover, 2012




New York : New York Review Books, c2012.


FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARDOver the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn's reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as "one of the greatest critics of our time" (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays--each one glinting with "verve and sparkle," "acumen and passion"--on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag's Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson's...… (more)

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LibraryThing member SESchend
Abandoned each essay about 1/3 way through though I tried every essay. Sounded interesting but couldn't hold my attention. Guess I'm not the audience for this one.



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