John Summers Talks About Critic Dwight Macdonald

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

John Summers, the editor of The Baffler, discusses the American critic and writer Dwight Macdonald, an uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, an anarchist, and a pacifist. Summers assembled new selection of Macdonald’s finest essays, Masscult and Midcult Essays Against the American Grain. It shows Dwight Macdonald as a critic of America’s susceptibility to cultural fakery—he dubbed this phenomenon “Midcult” and he attacked it on aesthetic and on political grounds.


John Summers

Comments [3]

Anne Mendelson from North Bergen, NJ

Please talk about Dwight Macdonald's marvelous, inimitable prose style!

Oct. 12 2011 01:19 PM

Ok, now he's literally whispering.... I'm wearing ear buds and I can barely hear him

Oct. 12 2011 01:16 PM

Can someone please ask Mr Summers to speak a bit louder? It's sounds like he's mumbling and he's barely audible.

Oct. 12 2011 01:10 PM

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