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All things are too small : essays in praise of excess / Becca Rothfeld

Rothfeld, Becca, (author.).

Summary:

"A glorious call to throw off restraint and balance in favor of excess, abandon, and disproportion, in essays ranging from such topics as mindfulness, decluttering, David Cronenberg, and consent. In her debut essay collection, "brilliant and stylish" (The Washington Post) critic Becca Rothfeld takes on one of the most sacred cows of our time: the demand that we apply the virtues of equality and democracy to culture and aesthetics. The result is a culture that is flattened and sanitized, purged of ugliness, excess, and provocation. Our embrace of minimalism has left us spiritually impoverished. We see it in our homes, where we bring in Marie Kondo to rid them of their idiosyncrasies and darknesses. We take up mindfulness to do the same thing to our heads, emptying them of the musings, thoughts, and obsessions that make us who we are. In the bedroom, a new wave of puritanism has drained sex of its unpredictability and therefore true eroticism. In our fictions, the quest for balance has given us protagonists who aspire only to excise their appetites. We have flipped our values, Rothfeld argues: while the gap between rich and poor yawns hideously wide, we strive to compensate with egalitarianism in art, erotics, and taste, where it does not belong and where it quashes wild experiments and exuberance. Lush, provocative, and bitingly funny, All Things Are Too Small is a subversive soul cry to restore imbalance, obsession, gluttony, and ravishment to all domains of our lives"--Dust jacket flap.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250849915
  • ISBN: 1250849918
  • Physical Description: 285 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2024.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
All things are too small -- More is more -- Ladies in waiting -- The flesh, it makes you crazy -- Murder on the installment plan -- Wherever you go, you could leave -- Other people's loves -- Having a cake and eating it, too -- Only mercy : sex after consent -- Normal novels -- Two lives, simultaneous and perfect -- Our true entertainment was arguing.
Subject: Excess (Philosophy)
Orderliness.
Income distribution.
Equality.
Genre: Essays.

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  • 1 of 3 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.

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North Kansas City Public Library 814.6 ROTHFELD 2024 (Text) 0001012544837 Nonfiction New Available -


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