Buying & selling postmodernist books
See more » Richard Evans Lee
More a sign of ambiguous cultural bias than greed: a visit from Ross Prinzo is always a treat.
Ross regularly sells us books. He seems to read enormous quantities of postmodern philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies.
Ambiguity: I haven't a lick of use for it myself. (Qualification: except for its healthy effect on the writing of history by the old-fashioned narrative historians.) Partly I'm just an anti-theoretical guy. And PoMo prose style infamously reads like a mean-spirited assault on Strunk & White's Elements of Style. I'm delighted to buy the books because I'd much rather sell academic and scholarly books than pop fiction, self-help, in fine, the stuff that comprises the New York Times bestseller list. Anyway, intellectual history is full of trends and trendiness, no reason to get hot and bothered by the contemporary crop.