As editor of the quarterly Salmagundi for the earlier fifty years, Robert Boyers has been at the innovative of advancements in politics, tradition, and the humanities. Reflecting on his collaborations and quarrels with a number of the 20th century's such a lot transformative writers, artists, and thinkers, Boyers writes a unconditionally unique highbrow memoir that carefully confronts chosen points of up to date society.
Organizing his chapters round particular rules, Boyers anatomizes the method through which they fall out and in of favor and sometimes confuse those that so much ardently embody them. In provocative encounters with authority, constancy, "the other," excitement, and quite a lot of different themes, Boyers tells colourful tales approximately his personal existence and, within the technique, reports the destiny of principles in a society dedicated to alter and ailing outfitted to evaluate the losses entailed in modernity. one of the writers who look in those pages are Susan Sontag and V. S. Naipaul, Jamaica Kincaid and J. M. Coetzee, in addition to figures drawn from all walks of existence, together with untrue husbands, psychoanalysts, terrorists, and besotted good looks lovers.