Growing Up Absurd
Paul Goodman's Growing Up Absurd was a runaway best seller when it was first published in 1960, and it became one of the defining texts of the New Left. Goodman was a writer and thinker who broke every mold and did it brilliantly—he was a novelist, poet, and a social theorist, among a host of other things—and the book's surprise success established him as one of America's most unusual and trenchant critics, combining vast learning, an astute mind, utopian sympathies, and a wonderfully hands-on way with words.
For Goodman, the unhappiness of young people was a concentrated form of the unhappiness of American society as a whole, run by corporations that provide employment (if and when they do) but not the kind of meaningful work that engages body and soul. Goodman saw the young as the first casualties of a humanly repressive social and economic system and, as such, the front line of potential resistance.
Noam Chomsky has said, “Paul Goodman's impact is all about us,” and certainly it can be felt in the powerful localism of today's renascent left. A classic of anarchist thought, Growing Up Absurd not only offers a penetrating indictment of the human costs of corporate capitalism but points the way forward. It is a tale of yesterday's youth that speaks directly to our common future.
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http://www.full-stop.net/2012/10/17/r... Review by Michael Fisher “In every day's newspaper there are stories about the two subjects I have brought together in this book, the disgrace of the Organized ... Read full review
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Arguably the pivotal text from "the 1950s" to "the Sixties," Goodman's book is the ultimate reasoned rant against the painful consequences of the postwar repressive society of what he intentionally ... Read full review
JOBS 2 5
BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Ill CLASS STRUCTURE
SOCIAL ANIMAL III
AN APPARENTLY CLOSED ROOM
THE EARLY FATALISTIC
THE MISSING COMMUNITY
Conclusion 2 13
On Paul Goodman by Susan Sontag 2 73