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Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press
Atlantic Monthly Press

Within the Context of No Context

by George W.S Trow

“The writing in this book is so extraordinary. It is as if George Trow had dived down in some deep sea and had taken only the most rare, the most beautiful, and sometimes the most disturbing of words and ideas, to tell us about the things that are not so rare, not so beautiful, but are most disturbing in our culture.” –Jamaica Kincaid

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 128
  • Publication Date April 03, 1997
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8711-3674-9
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $14.95

About The Book

Written originally for a special issue of The New Yorker and reissued here with a new foreword by the author, Within the Context of No Context is George W. S. Trow’s brilliant exposition on the state of American culture and twentieth-century life.

Published to widespread acclaim, Within the Context of No Context became an immediate classic and is, to this day, a favorite work of writers and critics alike. Both a chilling commentary on the times in which it was written and an eerie premonition of the future, Trow’s work locates and traces, describes and analyzes the components of change in contemporary America…a culture increasingly determined by the shallow worlds of consumer products, daytime television, and celebrity heroes.

Praise

“This elegant little book is essential reading for anyone interested in the demise, the terminal silliness, of our culture.”–John Irving, The New York Times Book Review

“In this elegant, poignant essay, written with the grace of a master stylist, George Trow articulates the accelerated impermanence of American culture with a precision that is both flaunting and devastating.” –Rudy Wurlitrer

Within the Context of No Context is a masterpiece of the century that belongs on a shelf next to Theodore Adorno’s Minima Moralia and Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle.” –Michael Tolkin

“The writing in this book is so extraordinary. It is as if George Trow had dived down in some deep sea and had taken only the most rare, the most beautiful, and sometimes the most disturbing of words and ideas, to tell us about the things that are not so rare, not so beautiful, but are most disturbing in our culture.” –Jamaica Kincaid

“This slim and brilliant volume cracks the code of Media Age in which we’ve all spent our lifetimes marinating. If you want to understand why you feel the ways that you feel, you’d better read it.” –Bill McKibben

“George Trow literally infiltrates us with the unspeakable Ritalin-like nature of our official selves. By the time, however, we realize this, Trow has made us digest the indigestible of our civilization.” –Arno Gruen

“This book shines with ruthless wit and the beauty of its thought. It’s simultaneously exquisite and tough as nails, and when I think of it, which is often, that great old word “classic” keeps coming to mind.” –Michael Herr

“With the charged insistence of prophecy, George Trow looks back and forward to find a harsh and accurate present. In Within the Context of No Context, he staked the tragic parameters of a paradise lost; here, with its new introduction, “Collapsing Dominant,” he offers glimpses of a paradise to be regained.” –Honor Moore

“George Trow is his own de Tocqueville, civilized and courtly, wandering the moral landscape of today’s America, recording in perfect pitch its styles and pace and attitudes, its complicated rituals of pleasure and despair, reflecting on them with elegance and intelligence.” –Jane Kramer

Within the Context of No Context may appear to be a book of the mind, for it is suffused with such a keen intelligence, but it is actually a book of the heart”passionate, brave, and stirring.” –Sue Halpern