This essay relates American sociologist Philip Slater’s book The Pursuit of Loneliness to the late 20th-century American literary movement known as The New Journalism. Slater’s argument that American middle-class tendency to value privacy above social inclusivity reveals a predicament in which American society finds itself at an “Edge.” In examining Slater’s argument in general, I would add that the precarious social division he describes is relevant to the New Journalism, and to illustrate this point I include quotations from Slater, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Christopher Isherwood, and others.
|Keywords:||Philip Slater, The New Journalism, Edge|
Lecturer, Department of English, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, USA
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