ELSEWHERE: Terry Eagleton Reflects on American Sincerity

This week, Terry Eagleton joined a proud and storied tradition of European intellectuals by rhapsodizing about the American Experience. His thesis is that Americans need to tone down their sincerity in favor of a more ironical mien. Whether you agree with him or not, Eagleton couches his observations in prose that is—as always—entertaining and provocative. … [Read more...]

Hipster Bashing, Ironic Living, and Seeing the World Through the Eyes of A Child

It's tempting to read Christy Wampole's recent New York Times piece, "How To Live Without Irony", as little more than an attack on hipsters, especially when it begins with this bit: The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). … [Read more...]