"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell

“‘Grow up!’ — that is the motto of Highbrow.”


A 1997 discourse on the lower and higher absurdities.


Recalling SUSAN SONTAG (1933-2004) as “a leading public intellectual” — a category she did not invent, but perhaps perfected — is no substitute for rereading the early, electrifying essays collected in Against Interpretation and Styles of Radical Will. Open but never credulous, her approach to high- and low-cultural innovations marked a sea change from the […]

Philip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirtPhilip K. Dick in Gary Panter's ROZZ TOX MANIFESTO T-shirt

Those born from 1924-33 are nearly impervious to Middlebrow’s discourse.

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Susan Sontag pays a visit to the Seagram Building (“gleaming like a switchblade”) to interview architect Philip Johnson. Embedded here with thanks to Joanne McNeil, who posted this at her terrific blog Tomorrow Museum. Sontag’s visit to the Seagram Building reminded us of another video that captures the way people tame the alienating majesty of […]