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    Growing Up Absurd (New York Review Books Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Paul Goodman, With Susan Sontag, Introduction by Casey Nelson Blake

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    DescriptionPaul Goodman's Growing Up Absurd was a runaway bestseller when it was first published in 1960, and it became one of the defining texts of the nascent New Left. Goodman, at the time well into middle age, was a maverick anarchist who broke every mold, and did it brilliantly-he was a novelist, poet, and a social theorist, among a host of other things-and the book's success established him as one of America's most unusual and trenchant critics, combining vast learning, an astute mind, utopian sympathies, and a wonderfully hands-on way with words. Growing Up Absurd takes the crisis of disaffected youth as indicative of the crisis within the culture at large, which Goodman describes as being run by corporations that provide employment (when they do) but not work in any meaningful sense, work that engages body and soul. Disaffected youth was in this sense at the forefront of a disruption of a social order that was, if not directly politically repressive, humanly repressive, stifling the real human potential that, surely, a good society would serve to unleash, encourage, and pass on.

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    Growing Up Absurd
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul Goodman, With Susan Sontag, Introduction by Casey Nelson Blake
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590175811
    ISBN 10: 1590175816

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    LC classification: HQ796 .G645 2012
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    Publication date
    16 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    PAUL GOODMAN (1911-1972) was an American social critic, psychologist, poet, novelist, and anarchist who was a frequent contributor to such journals as Politics, Partisan Review, The New Republic, Commentary, Dissent, and The New York Review of Books. He published widely in a variety of fields-including city planning, Gestalt therapy, educational reform, literary criticism, and politics-before writing Growing Up Absurd, which in 1960 became an enormous bestseller. SUSAN SONTAG (1933-2004) was the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages. CASEY NELSON BLAKE is Founding Director of the American Studies Program and Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of several works, including The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State.
    Review quote
    ""Growing up Absurd" by Paul Goodman... pretty much founded the modern passion for school reform." - Paul Berman "Paul Goodman, a man deeply dissatisfied with things as they are, deserves more attention than other less-conscientious objectors....His book is a highly serious effort to understand the relation between society and the disaffected youngster." - John K. Galbraith, "The New York Times" "Goodman might be called an intuitive sociologist in his unconventional, erratic yet convincing analysis of the encouragement toward human waste that our wasteful society provides. "Growing Up Absurd" is his cruelly apt phrase for this fatal lack of purpose and idealism. If [John] Updike's anxiety for his fellow man is subtle, Goodman's angry polemic leaves us no doubt what makes Rabbit run." - "The Washington Post," 1960 "His impact is all around us." - Noam Chomsky "Philosopher, poet, sociologist, pacifist, psychologist, writer, anarchist, open bisexual and spokesman for a generation. Paul Goodman ranked among the most influential thinkers in the latter half of the 20th century." - Ronnie Scheib, "Variety" "[The film] "Paul Goodman Changed My Life" pays tribute to a man--poet teacher social critic, guru without portfolio--whose name was once a household word and whose books were talismans of intellectual seriousness and social concern. His current obscurity is something this documentary, directed by Jonathan Lee and including eloquent testimony from friends, family and admirers, is determined to overcome....His most famous book, Growing Up Absurd, originally commissioned as a study of juvenile delinquency and later a bible of the 1960s student rebellion, remains essential and troubling reading for anyone who cares about the problems of the young." - A.O. Scott, "The New York Times," 10/19/11, from his review of the film "Paul Goodman Changed My Life" "Mr. Goodman is terrifying. Utopians usually are when we take them (or
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    In this book, the author assumes that the young really need a more worthwhile world in order to grow up at all, and confronts this real need with the world that they have been getting.