Are You Serious?: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly

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Harper Collins, Jun 28, 2011 - Social Science - 224 pages
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LeeSiegel, author of Falling Upwards, Not RemotelyControlled, and Against the Machine delivers a provocative critique ofmodern lightness and frivolity, and a timely guide to being serious in an unserious age. In the vein of The Culture of Narcissism, Shop Class as Soulcraft, and How Proust Can Change Your Life,Siegel offers a revelatory look at how a serious bearing is vital toaccomplishing any worthwhile goal in an era increasingly defined by a sardonicapproach to life.
 

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This is an excellent and eloquent guide to the serious and the silly in public discourse. It is refreshingly free of the dogma and takes no sides in the left/right debate. It is an easy read, yet still packed with great quotes, anecdotes, and historical references. I highly recommend it!

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chapter
9
The Urge to Be chapter
21
chapter three
31
chapter four
47
The Three chapter five
57
chapter
77
Finale
199
Acknowledgments
211
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Lee Siegel writes about culture and politics for a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a recipient of the National Magazine Award. He is the author of three books: Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination; Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television; and Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

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