Tagged Ernest Hemingway

Cracking Up: On F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Echoes of The Jazz Age” What F. Scott Fitzgerald knew best, and wrote about with unsurpassed style and insight, was himself. The Crack-Up, a series of seven personal essays he published in Esquire (then published posthumously as part of a collection edited by his friend Edmund Wilson), marked Fitzgerald as a desperate man. Written before and…

Dwight Macdonald Takes a Machete to the Culture of the 1950s

Forget Elia Kazan. When it comes to naming names in 1950s America no one was more ruthless than Dwight Macdonald, and he was at his most hostile in “Masscult & Midcult” (1960). This essay — jeremiad, really — is Macdonald’s crusade against what he deems “Midcult,” or middlebrow culture. As Louis Menand puts it in his Introduction to the…