Monday, September 24, 2012

Hmm …

… Anti-Intellectualism in American Life - The Barnes & Noble Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

This all seems a little too pat. After all, Emerson toured the country for years lecturing to packed halls. Later on, John Cowper Powys did the same thing, once getting a prolonged standing ovation after giving a talk to a workingman's club in Chicago. The subject of his lecture? Thomas Hardy. Nowadays, "experts" are routinely extolled and are just as routinely proved wrong.

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