Supergrow : Essays and Reports on Imagination in America

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A collection of 15 essays that appeared between 1966 and 1969 in publications such as the "American Scholar", "The New York Times", "Antioch Review", "Esquire", and the "Saturday Review". Author Benjamin DeMott discusses many different topics - music, improving one's sex life, violence in Mississippi, theatre, student revolts - but a single theme unifies the material: people ought to use their imaginations more. The volume starts from the assumption that our troubles stem from failures of the imagination. Overcome by mass media, we are too often oblivious to fresh and original ideas. This is a sociological and political critique of various aspects of everyday life in America, one informed by a powerful moral sensibility and an Emersonian sense of self-reliance. DeMott takes pop culture seriously, but exhibits an unwillingness to "go with the flow" and get caught up in fashionable intellectual fads. The author is not afraid to tackle difficult subject matter, from homosexuality and racism to popular music and child-rearing. He also provides an introduction to the essays in the volume.
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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 151.9 x 229.1 x 12.2mm | 285.77g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765805219
  • 9780765805218

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"Devastating, sustained, profoundly witty, resounding." - New York Times Book Review; "I didn't think it possible for a long time to come for any writer to say anything about black-and-white relations or lack of them that had freshness and pertinence. I was wrong." - Nat Hentoff, Village Voice
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About Benjamin DeMott

Benjamin DeMott is an essayist, novelist, and journalist. He was professor of English at Amherst College, and a consultant and writer for National Educational Television. He is the author of The Body's Cage, Killer Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight about Gender and Power, and You Don't Say, available from Transaction.
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