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For fans of high culture, pop culture and American genius, a personal and idiosyncratic exploration of two of the 20th century’s most distinguished cultural icons.
With wit and style worthy of his subjects, Craig Seligman explores the enduring influence of two critics who defined the cultural sensibilities of a generation: Susan Sontag and Pauline Kael. Though outwardly they had several things in common—they were both Westerners who came east, both schooled in philosophy, both secular Jews, and both single mothers—they were polar opposites in temperament and approach. From the very beginning Seligman makes his sympathies clear: Sontag is a writer he reveres; but Kael is a writer he loves.
He approaches both critics through their work, whose fundamental parallels serve to sharpen their differences. Tone is…[more]