By Clive James
Six years after the much-heralded booklet of Cultural Amnesia, Clive James provides his “prequel”—forty-nine essays that he has chosen because the better of his half-century occupation. initially showing as As of This Writing, Cultural Cohesion examines the twisted cultural terrain of the 20 th century in a single of the main available and cohesive volumes on hand. Divided into 4 sections—“Poetry,” “Fiction and Literature,” “Culture and Criticism,” and “Visual Images”—James reviews on poets like W. H. Auden and Phillip Larkin, novelists like D. H. Lawrence and Raymond Chandler (not to say Judith Krantz!), and filmmakers like Fellini and Bogdanovich. all through, James delights his readers along with his manic strength and important aplomb. This quantity, that includes a brand new creation, is a one-volume cultural schooling that few contemporary books can rival.