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On Looking Into the Abyss

On Looking Into the Abyss: Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society by Gertrude Himmelfarb

A book of interesting essays.

Reflections on a quote by Lionel Trilling.  Discussion of the famous quote -- "No man is a hero to his valet" -- and its famous amendment -- "No man is a hero to his valet.  This is not because the hero is not a hero, but because the valet is a valet" -- in a context of heroes and villains.  Marx and John Stuart Mill.  Nationalism.  Pomo history.  And one nostalgic look at footnotes and their rules.
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