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 was once a runaway top vendor while it was once first released in 1960, and it grew to become one of many defining texts of the recent Left. Goodman was once a author and philosopher who broke each mildew and did it brilliantly—he used to be a novelist, poet, and a social theorist, between a bunch of different things—and the book’s shock good fortune proven him as one in all America’s most unique and trenchant critics, combining immense studying, an astute brain, utopian sympathies, and a splendidly hands-on approach with words.

For Goodman, the disappointment of teenagers used to be a targeted type of the sadness of yankee society as a complete, run by means of organizations 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 financial system and, as such, front line of power resistance.

Noam Chomsky has stated, “Paul Goodman’s effect is all approximately us,” and positively it may be felt within the robust localism of today’s renascent left. A vintage of anarchist notion, 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 early life that speaks on to our universal destiny.

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