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Against Joie de Vivre: Personal Essays


"Over the years I have developed a distaste for the spectacle of joie de vivre , the knack of knowing how to live," begins the title essay by Phillip Lopate. This rejoinder to the cult of hedonism and forced conviviality moves from a critique of the false sentimentalization of children and the elderly to a sardonic look at the social rite of the dinner party, on to a moving personal testament to the "hungry soul." Lopate's special gift is his ability to give us not only sophisticated cultural commentary in a dazzling ...

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Against Joie de Vivre: Personal Essays
2008, Bison Books, Lincoln, NE

ISBN-13: 9780803222731

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Against Joie de Vivre: Personal Essays
1989, Poseidon Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780671676797


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