Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

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Praise for "How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken "(a "Publishers Weekly" 2008 Non-Fiction Best Book of the Year):
"A classicist by training and a critic by trade, he begins with a challenging subject and gloriously complicates it by drawing on his erudition, acumen, and passion for precision and bedrock truth. Justly awarded for his exceptionally sharp and entertaining book and drama criticism, Mendelsohn now presents a collection of critical essays spanning the last 15 years, most originally published in the New York Review of Books. Drawn to literature, theater, and films with a link to Greek and Roman culture, however subterranean, Mendelsohn reaches an exhilaratingly high level of discourse as he grapples with Oliver Stone's "Alexander," "The Lovely Bones," Truman Capote, films about 9/11, and Tony Kushner's "Angels in America." This impressive volume's poetic title is from Tennessee Williams and provides the catalyst for Mendelsohn's own profound musing over the timeless bond between the beautiful and the broken. These are works of brilliant and soulful criticism." -- " The Booklist"
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"His wit is invariably harnessed to a graver wisdom; the verve and sparkle to an underlying conviction, often anguished. The epigrams have a purpose other than themselves." - "Los Angeles Times"
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"Mendelsohn, who won a National Book Critics Circle Award for book reviewing, is a gifted and entertaining writer. His prose is gorgeous and lyrical and his subjects are smartly considered and freshly revealed, from Virginia Woolf and The Hours to Kill Bill and the Iliad." - "Vanity Fair"
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"Reading Mendelsohn is like being invited into the inner machinery of his mind, and while perched rather perilously there, watching him work things out. Because that is, fundamentally, what characterizes his writing: a kind of working out on the page, a willingness to reveal the scaffolding of any carefully constructed argment, to even take apart an

"Arguably the best writer and critic at work today...There is nothing to which he does not bring a fresh perspective." --"The New York Review of Books

""He can yoke together Euripides and [Tennessee] Williams to the benefit of both, and more breathtakingly still, without in any way cheapening or falsely aggrandizing either... . His sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth." --"The San Francisco Chronicle

""[Mendelsohn] is a brilliant storyteller, influenced by the Greek masters he so admires..." --"The Times of London

""A joy from start to finish...a wonderfully eclectic set of musings on the state of contemporary culture and the enduring richness of classical literature." --"Publishers Weekly

""A classicist by training and a critic by trade, he begins with a challenging subject and gloriously complicates it by drawing on his erudition, acumen, and passion for precision and bedrock truth....These are works of brilliant and soulful criticism." --"Booklist

""Mendelsohn...is a gifted and entertaining writer. His prose is gorgeous and lyrical and his subjects are smartly considered and freshly revealed." --"Vanity Fair"

"Mendelsohn is a deep thinking with insightful charm. All fans of intelligent thought on popular culture will appreciate his commentary." --"Library Journal"
"Mendelsohn's work is absolutely vital in both senses of the word--it breaths with an exciting intelligence often absent in similar but stodgier writing, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture, or who simply find themselves thinking about the complex flaws of an almost-good movie a week after leaving the cinema. In the book, his scope includes both the high- and middlebrow....Taken together, the collection offers a sort of defense of the modern age of culture. If a true-blue classicist can engage with the current zeitgeist using the full weight of his intellect and without an iota of demoralization, than the rest of us have no excuse." --Nicholas Mancusi, "The Daily Beast"
"Even more than his earlier books about literature and culture, it displays his characteristic strengths of style and judgment and his distinctive and engaging voice. As always, he is surprising yet convincing when he praises what practically everyone else condemns, or sees through the pretensions and confusions of books and dramas that everyone else admires." --Edward Mendelson, "The New York Review of Books"
""Waiting for the Barbarians" adds up to more than the sum of its parts, evidencing an impressive range, depth and nobility of mind.... Mendelsohn is a trained classics scholar, from which much of his intellectual authority still derives: witness his brilliantly illuminating, lucid essays on Homer, Sappho, Herodotus and Horace. He writes about pop culture with equal enthusiasm." --Phillip Lopate, "San Francisco Chronicle"
""Waiting for the Barbarians," his latest collection of essays and reviews, is full of prose in praise of Horace, of Sappho, of Homer, and of the ghosts of all the above across all of popular culture. It makes it clear he is now, and has been for some t

"Mendelsohn is a deep thinker with insightful charm. All fans of intelligent thought on popular culture will appreciate his commentary." --"Library Journal"
"Mendelsohn's work is absolutely vital in both senses of the word--it breaths with an exciting intelligence often absent in similar but stodgier writing, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture, or who simply find themselves thinking about the complex flaws of an almost-good movie a week after leaving the cinema. In the book, his scope includes both the high- and middlebrow....Taken together, the collection offers a sort of defense of the modern age of culture. If a true-blue classicist can engage with the current zeitgeist using the full weight of his intellect and without an iota of demoralization, than the rest of us have no excuse." --Nicholas Mancusi, "The Daily Beast"
"Even more than his earlier books about literature and culture, it displays his characteristic strengths of style and judgment and his distinctive and engaging voice. As always, he is surprising yet convincing when he praises what practically everyone else condemns, or sees through the pretensions and confusions of books and dramas that everyone else admires." --Edward Mendelson, "The New York Review of Books"
""Waiting for the Barbarians" adds up to more than the sum of its parts, evidencing an impressive range, depth and nobility of mind.... Mendelsohn is a trained classics scholar, from which much of his intellectual authority still derives: witness his brilliantly illuminating, lucid essays on Homer, Sappho, Herodotus and Horace. He writes about pop culture with equal enthusiasm." --Phillip Lopate, "San Francisco Chronicle"
""Waiting for the Barbarians," [Mendelsohn's] latest collection of essays and reviews, is full of prose in praise of Horace, of Sappho, of Homer, and of the ghosts of all the above across all of popular culture. It makes it clear he is now, and has b

Our most irresistible literary critic. . . .Much of the fun of reading Mendelsohn is his sense of play, his irreverence and unpredictability, his frank emotional responses. . . .He forces the [essay] form in directions Francis Bacon never imagined. "The New York Times Book Review"
A scrumptious stylist. . . .He writes better movie criticism than most movie critics, better theatre criticism than most theatre critics and better literary criticism than just about anyone. . .practically every sentence of this book [is] an eye-opener. "The Guardian" (UK)
Mendelsohn is now, and has been for some time, the finest critic alive. . . . [The essays] proceed from an unparalleled understanding of the Greek and Roman roots of storytelling, which he braids into reviews with a subtlety and patience that is beautiful to behold. . . . A supremely entertaining book. "Toronto Star"
Mendelsohn s work is absolutely vital in both senses of the word it breaths with an exciting intelligence often absent in similar but stodgier writing, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture. "The Daily Beast"
Wide-ranging and absorbing, this new collection of essays from Mendelsohn is a joy from start to finish. . . . A wonderfully eclectic set of musings on the state of contemporary culture and the enduring riches of classical literature. "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
A throwback. . . to the glorious public intellectuals of former days such as Dwight Macdonald and Robert Warshow. . . . Waiting for the Barbarians adds up to more than the sum of its parts, evidencing an impressive range, depth and nobility of mind. "San Francisco Chronicle"
No one who these past years has followed the brilliant work of Daniel Mendelsohn in the pages of "The New York Review of Books," "The New Yorker," and "The New York Times Book Review" will be surprised by the extraordinary range of interest this splendid collection reveals. What is so remarkable is the consistency of acuity and sympathy which he brings to all his subjects. . . .He is, it becomes increasingly clear, one of our major critics. PEN Art of the Essay Award Citation
His essays often have a deft structure, building an essential question that is left hanging. Keep reading . . . and eventually you ll arrive at the answer. But the pleasure is not in the answer, necessarily it s in the process. National Book Critics Circle Award Citation
Mendelsohn brings to his subjects both an attentive eye and a sympathetic mind. . . .Mixed reviews, in other hands often as dull as ditchwater, become intellectual detective stories, and Mendelsohn provides illuminating, elegant solutions. "Bookforum"
"Waiting for the Barbarians" is a demonstration of Mendelsohn s stunning ability to think not for us but a step ahead of us as readers, pulling out figments, fragments, and philosophies that we might not catch. . . .Reading Mendelsohn is a bit like lucid dreaming. "Interview"
These essays demonstrate what Coleridge called, in a striking phrase, the armed vision, the highly trained critical intellect, powered by real scholarship and warmed by wit and empathy. "The Denver Post"
For Mendelsohn, TV is no less powerful or permanent than epic poetry in shaping, or describing, a society. We are what we watch, read and listen to. This may seem like a high-minded approach to pop culture, but Mendelsohn s not above sitting back with a fistful of popcorn. . . . For the reader, it s exhilarating to join him. "The Plain Dealer"
"Mendelsohn is a deep thinker with insightful charm. All fans of intelligent thought on popular culture will appreciate his commentary." "Library Journal"
"Even more than his earlier books about literature and culture, it displays his characteristic strengths of style and judgment and his distinctive and engaging voice. As always, he is surprising yet convincing when he praises what practically everyone else condemns, or sees through the pretensions and confusions of books and dramas that everyone else admires." Edward Mendelson, "The New York Review of Books
" Another top-notch collection of previously published criticism from Mendelsohn." "Kirkus Reviews"
"[Mendelsohn] is a brilliant storyteller, influenced by the Greek masters he so admires " "The Times of London
""A classicist by training and a critic by trade, he begins with a challenging subject and gloriously complicates it by drawing on his erudition, acumen, and passion for precision and bedrock truth .These are works of brilliant and soulful criticism." "Booklist
""Mendelsohn is a gifted and entertaining writer. His prose is gorgeous and lyrical and his subjects are smartly considered and freshly revealed." "Vanity Fair""

"Our most irresistible literary critic. . . .Much of the fun of reading Mendelsohn is his sense of play, his irreverence and unpredictability, his frank emotional responses. . . .He forces the [essay] form in directions Francis Bacon never imagined." --The New York Times Book Review

"A scrumptious stylist. . . .He writes better movie criticism than most movie critics, better theatre criticism than most theatre critics and better literary criticism than just about anyone. . .practically every sentence of this book [is] an eye-opener." --The Guardian (UK)

" Mendelsohn is now, and has been for some time, the finest critic alive. . . . [The essays] proceed from an unparalleled understanding of the Greek and Roman roots of storytelling, which he braids into reviews with a subtlety and patience that is beautiful to behold. . . . A supremely entertaining book." --Toronto Star

" Mendelsohn's work is absolutely vital in both senses of the word--it breaths with an exciting intelligence often absent in similar but stodgier writing, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture." --The Daily Beast

" Wide-ranging and absorbing, this new collection of essays from Mendelsohn is a joy from start to finish. . . . A wonderfully eclectic set of musings on the state of contemporary culture and the enduring riches of classical literature." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A throwback. . . to the glorious public intellectuals of former days such as Dwight Macdonald and Robert Warshow. . . . 'Waiting for the Barbarians' adds up to more than the sum of its parts, evidencing an impressive range, depth and nobility of mind." --San Francisco Chronicle

" No one who these past years has followed the brilliant work of Daniel Mendelsohn in the pages of The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review will be surprised by the extraordinary range of interest this splendid collection reveals. What is so remarkable is the consistency of acuity and sympathy which he brings to all his subjects. . . .He is, it becomes increasingly clear, one of our major critics." --PEN Art of the Essay Award Citation

"His essays often have a deft structure, building an essential question that is left hanging. Keep reading . . . and eventually you'll arrive at the answer. But the pleasure is not in the answer, necessarily--it's in the process." --National Book Critics Circle Award Citation

"Mendelsohn brings to his subjects both an attentive eye and a sympathetic mind. . . .Mixed reviews, in other hands often as dull as ditchwater, become intellectual detective stories, and Mendelsohn provides illuminating, elegant solutions." --Bookforum

"Waiting for the Barbarians is a demonstration of Mendelsohn's stunning ability to think--not for us but a step ahead of us as readers, pulling out figments, fragments, and philosophies that we might not catch. . . .Reading Mendelsohn is a bit like lucid dreaming." --Interview

"These essays demonstrate what Coleridge called, in a striking phrase, 'the armed vision, ' the highly trained critical intellect, powered by real scholarship and warmed by wit and empathy." --The Denver Post

" For Mendelsohn, TV is no less powerful or permanent than epic poetry in shaping, or describing, a society. We are what we watch, read and listen to. This may seem like a high-m...

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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARD

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn s reviews for The New York Review of Books,The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest critics of our time (Poets & Writers). InWaiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays each one glinting with verve and sparkle, acumen and passion on a wide range of subjects, fromAvatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with theTitanic to Susan Sontag s Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson s translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles none more explosively controversial than his dissection ofMad Men.

Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell s Holocaust blockbusterThe Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, Private Lives, prefaced by Mendelsohn sNew Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen.Waiting for the Barbarians once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn s sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth.

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