Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (New York Review Books Classics)

Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society (New York Review Books Classics)

Paul Goodman


Paul Goodman’s Growing Up Absurd used to be a runaway most sensible vendor while it was once first released in 1960, and it grew to become one of many defining texts of the hot Left. Goodman was once a author and philosopher who broke each mould and did it brilliantly—he was once a novelist, poet, and a social theorist, between a number of different things—and the book’s shock good fortune verified him as one in every of America’s most unique and trenchant critics, combining immense studying, an astute brain, utopian sympathies, and a splendidly hands-on method with words.

For Goodman, the disappointment of adolescents was once a targeted kind of the sadness of yank society as an entire, run by way of agencies that offer employment (if and once they do) yet no longer the type of significant paintings that engages physique and soul. Goodman observed the younger because the first casualties of a humanly re­pressive social and economy and, as such, front line of strength resistance.

Noam Chomsky has stated, “Paul Goodman’s influence is all approximately us,” and positively it may be felt within the strong localism of today’s renascent left. A vintage of anarchist concept, Growing Up Absurd not just bargains a penetrating indictment of the human expenses of company capitalism yet issues the best way ahead. it's a story of yesterday’s formative years that speaks on to our universal destiny.

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