The Empire of Illusion Strikes Back


Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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15 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I have been told that it came in today.Report

  2. Hedges is a brilliant writer and I find that I need to be on my guard as I read the book because it is not only so seductively written, but it also plays in to my elitist prejudices. I imagine that at least some readers here are similarly vulnerable. So critical thinking hats on, everyone, whether you like what you’re reading or not!Report

  3. Avatar Rufus says:

    As a sidenote, the book ‘Love at Dawn’ that Dan Savage and Andrew Sullivan have been praising as of late might make an interesting future read after this one. I posted some preliminary thoughts on it (having not yet read it) over at my other blog and was impressed that the writers left interesting comments in response within a few hours.Report

  4. Avatar Chic says:

    My suggestion on Daniel Boorstin’s “The Image” published in 1961, is still a good suggested read in this area.

  5. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    @Jaybird, I’ve read the first three chapters and will probably finish tonight or tomorrow. So far, it seems to me like we could do both omnibus posts and individual chapter posts. Transplanted Lawyer’s post covers the whole thing and I’ll try to offer thoughts on the whole argument later on. Hopefully League writers will offer their thoughts too.

    But each chapter seems to cover its own topic, so I’d also like to do some shorter posts on each; partly for people who take more time on each chapter or haven’t gotten the book yet, and partly because topics like pornography, the decline of university education and bad television strike me as interesting discussions in themselves.

    Does that make sense, or is it too much Hedges?Report