With vigor, wit, learning, common sense, and urgency, twenty-three essayist-including John Simon, Cynthia Ozick, Phillip Lopate, George F. Kennan, Sven Birkerts, Joseph Epstein, and Brad Leithauser-examine aspects of our pan-cultural "dumbing down" and offer both diagnoses of and possible cures for this wasting disease.
What distinguishes this collection is its breadth, its liveliness. This valuable book provides much ammunition for . . . unrepentant elitists.--Lisa Zeidner