[Marxism] Alex Ross on the Frankfurters

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 10 18:14:44 MDT 2014

On 9/10/14 7:18 PM, Jim Farmelant via Marxism wrote:
> In Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel, “The Corrections,” a disgraced academic named Chip Lambert, who has abandoned Marxist theory in favor of screenwriting, goes to the Strand Bookstore, in downtown Manhattan, to sell off his library of dialectical tomes. The works of Theodor W. Adorno, Jürgen Habermas, Fredric Jameson, and various others cost Chip nearly four thousand dollars to acquire; their resale value is sixty-five. “He turned away from their reproachful spines, remembering how each of them had called out in a bookstore with a promise of a radical critique of late-capitalist society,” Franzen writes. After several more book-selling expeditions, Chip enters a high-end grocery store and walks out with an overpriced filet of wild Norwegian salmon.
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> http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/naysayers

"The philosophers, sociologists, and critics in the Frankfurt School 
orbit, who are often gathered under the broader label of Critical 
Theory, are, indeed, having a modest resurgence. They are cited in 
brainy magazines like n+1, The Jacobin, and the latest iteration of The 

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