Chapter 1 Foreword by Arthur J. Spring Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Author's Note to the Reader Chapter 4 Loomings Chapter 5 Technology and Time Chapter 6 Narcissism I Chapter 7 Narcissism II Chapter 8 TV, Terror, Entertainment Chapter 9 Intermission: The Ethos of Cool vs. the Ethos of Chill Chapter 10 Newspapers, or: The Grief of Tisha Rae Garza Chapter 11 Play Chapter 12 Teddy Bears, Balloons, Ba Ya Chapter 13 Pathos Chapter 14 Miss Lonelyhearts Redux
Steven Carter is the author of six books of literary and cultural criticism, including Devotions to the Text (University Press of America, 2004). In 1989 he was awarded the Schachterle Prize by the National Society for Literature and Science. In 2001 he became the only two-time winner of Italy's coveted Nuove Lettere International Poetry and Literature Prize. He was a nominee for the 2004 Holberg International Memorial Award, commonly known as Norway's Nobel Prize for scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
For me, the joy of reading Steven Carter is the joy of recognizing that the borders and horizons of our national life, from lifeless shopping malls that denature the meaning of time, to the trivial infinitude of TV channels, need not circumscribe our everyday existence. Taken as a whole, Carter's cultural criticism provides a marvelous perspective from which to seize upon the soul-restoring recognition that, mirabile dictu, we may yet find a way to refashion, or even remake, the better angels of our nature. -- Arthur J. Spring PhD, St. John's University * From The Foreword *