The Middle Mind: Why Consumer Culture is Turning Us into the Living Dead

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Creeping into art, literature, politics and the media, sliding into living rooms and coming soon to a cinema near you ... the Middle Mind has arrived. Join Curtis White on a crusade against tedium as he takes on this bland, no-thinking-required 'product' that passes for culture in America - and that we've signed up and paid for in full too. It's not about high- or low-brow, it's about a mainstream consensus that pleases everyone but moves, challenges or shocks no one: from the Hollywood machine to cultural theory equating Madonna with Milton, from free market ideology to TV arts programmes, New Age self-help and Oprah's Book Club.

This is a book for anyone who thinks culture should be a force for change, not just something to acquire and consume; who wants to reclaim the destabilizing power of the imagination - and start thinking for themselves.

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'A master of bewitchments, parodies and dazzling tropes' -- Paul Auster

'Coruscating, startling...White has identified a middle-of-the-road monster clumping through our culture...he is on the money' -- The Times

'Invigorating, entertaining, acute and funny' -- Time Out

'Like a long-awaited violent storm which brings in the fresh air...Absolutely indispensable' -- Slavoj Zizek

'Tremendous...Like that other eclectic iconoclast, Michael Moore, White has many targets' -- The Herald

About the Author:

Curtis White is an acclaimed social critic and essayist whose work appears regularly in Context, Harper's and The Village Voice. He is a professor of English at Illinois State University and lives in Normal, Illinois.

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