My debut in the culture pages of The Spectator

My review of Stuart Jeffries’s new Verso book is out today in The Spectator. My critique: he reduces culture to industry, & forgets right-modernism. A shame he doesn’t thematize Adorno’s high-cultural (‘conservative’) Marxism & the Left’s low-cultural turn.

On a positive note: “In his 2016 book, Grand Hotel Abyss, Jeffries showed himself to be a brilliant chronicler of the Frankfurt School. In this new book he’s an astute chronicler of several decades of accelerated cultural change.”

“Deracination is a theme. In chapter 2, it’s fascinating to see a Brixton lad — David Bowie — morph into the ‘Thin White Duke’ of late-1970s Berlin.”

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