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How Did Cool Become Such a Big Deal?

How Did Cool Become Such a Big Deal? The personification of cool, however, continued to be the hipster. Norman Mailer, a close reader of Anatole Broyard, was clearly influenced by Broyard’s essays on the subject, but made the connection to black culture even more explicit in “The White Negro.” Mailer’s essay is a manifesto of…

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The New Norman

The New Norman Bill Maher writes: I don’t know what kind of psychic hold William Buckley does or doesn’t have on the Republican Party (he might be L. Ron Hubbard – deeply loved and read by people I don’t know – or he might be Barbara Cartland), but when Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of killing…

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The Top 10 Essays Since 1950

The Top 10 Essays Since 1950 Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series, picks the 10 best essays of the postwar period in Publishers Weekly. An essay that packed an enormous wallop at the time may make some of us cringe today with its hyperbolic dialectics and hyperventilated metaphysics. But Mailer’s attempt to define the…