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Louis Menand’s new ebook, “The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War,” covers the interchange of arts and concepts between the USA and Europe within the many years after World Struggle II. On this week’s podcast, Menand talks in regards to the ebook, together with why he selected to border his telling from the top of the warfare till 1965.
“What I didn’t get immediately was the extent to which what occurred in American tradition — each on the degree of avant-garde artwork, like John Cage’s music, and on the degree of Hollywood films — was influenced by nations all over the world,” Menand says. “When American tradition comes into its personal — as a result of earlier than 1945, I believe, no person actually considered America as a central participant in world tradition; that modifications within the ’60s — however when that occurs, tradition turns into international, turns into worldwide. In order that once you get to 1965, you kind of acknowledge the world that we’re in at the moment, through which tradition circulates globally however all circulates by way of New York and Los Angeles. So I assumed it was a really thrilling interval of social change and a really thrilling interval of cultural change.”
Phillip Lopate has edited many acclaimed anthologies all through his profession, however his newest venture could be his most formidable: three volumes of American essays from colonial occasions to the current day. “The Glorious American Essay” was printed final yr; “The Golden Age of the American Essay” arrived final month; and “The Up to date American Essay” shall be out there this summer season.
“I’m actually making an attempt to increase the notion of what an essay is,” Lopate says on the podcast. “So I’ve included essays which might be within the type of letters, like Frederick Douglass’s letter to his grasp. I’ve included essays within the type of sermons, like Jonathan Edwards, the Puritan preacher. I’ve included essays within the type of rants. I’m simply making an attempt to get individuals to see the essay as occurring in lots of, many various varieties.”
Additionally on this week’s episode, Tina Jordan seems again at Ebook Assessment historical past because it celebrates its a hundred and twenty fifth anniversary this yr; Elizabeth Harris has news from the publishing world; and Gal Beckerman and Gregory Cowles discuss what they’re studying. Pamela Paul is the host.
Listed here are the books mentioned on this week’s “What We’re Studying”:
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