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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…