This is the third collection of essays by the doyen of American essayists, author of Person and Institution (1970) and The Tyrannies of Virtue (1990), whose finely wrought style and erudite, discursive "journeys" have won praise from readers of the nation's most prestigious journals—from Harper's and The Atlantic Monthly to Commonweal and The American Spectator, from The Hudson Review and The Virginia Quarterly Review to The New York Times and First Things.
Being Elsewhere derives from Professor Sisk's personal experiences, which draw us back in time to the building of the Grand Coulee Dam in the late twenties and to the life of a caddy in the era of the Great Depression. The geography stretches as far as Guyana, London, Paris, and Venice. His ideas travel from rooming to caddying, from recent Roman ruminations to popular-pulse-taking in Paris. . . .
The "elsewheres" of the author's mind are scattered broadly: war and its generals, society and its celebrities, love and fear, couture and fanaticism, hope and acceptance. . . .
His ability to blend and contrast ideas, to oppose the trendy preoccupations of the moment with classical allusion or the trendy fads of a previous fin de siècle, repeatedly delights and surprises his readers. When he is being provocative, he is seldom bitter; when he is engaging, he is never saccharine. Traveling through the life of John Sisk, we make an eclectic humanist's journey toward and understanding of our history.
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