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Critical Mass

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Critical Mass by James Wolcott
Paperback $18.95
Apr 14, 2015 | ISBN 9780767930635

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Praise

“Epic, and epically rewarding. . . . A vacuum-packed anthology of tight arguments and shrewd observations.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Wolcott] is the preeminent critic of contemporary spectacle, matching his own supercharged style to the highlights of forty years of TV, pop music, books, and movies.” —The New York Review of Books

“If any book could stir up my moldering competitive instincts, Critical Mass is the one. . . . Back in those long-gone Voice days, not a few of us cockily fancied that we were—or were going to be—pretty good. Jim was better.” —Tom Carson, Bookforum
 
“One of America’s finest cultural critics.” —Flavorwire

“In an age of inane Twitter commentary, ‘likes,’ and instant publication, one of the few critics standing athwart our culture and writing serious criticism is James Wolcott. . . . Critical Mass collects some of his most winning assassinations.” —The Daily Beast

“Wolcott is a wickedly cunning, agile writer with a special talent for quick-sketch characterizations. . . . Critical Mass is the perfect bedside-table book because its short entries promise pleasure from even the briefest dips into its pages.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The thought hits every now and then when I read another critic: I wish I had written that sentence. Reading James Wolcott, though, ‘every now and then’ turns into every paragraph. . . . Sacred cows and conventional wisdom don’t stand a chance against his pen.” —Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News

“This book offers a sublime buzz.” —Prospect Magazine

“Forthright and fair-minded, but ferocious in disdain, with the sly, smart voice of someone in the know but never caught up in the moment, this collection.” —Publishers Weekly

“An eclectic collection that reasserts the author’s reputation as one of America’s most perceptive, candid and human critics.” —Kirkus Reviews

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