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What do George W. Bush, the Ivory Tower, Steven Spielberg, and Terry Gross have in common?Does a political scandal make for good news copy?Does network programming allow us to unwind from a day's work?Does the art at the local museum make for pleasant cocktail conversation?An unflinching and wry look at the dumbing down of the American imagination.In this groundbreaking anWhat do George W. Bush, the Ivory Tower, Steven Spielberg, and Terry Gross have in common?Does a political scandal make for good news copy?Does network programming allow us to unwind from a day's work?Does the art at the local museum make for pleasant cocktail conversation?An unflinching and wry look at the dumbing down of the American imagination.In this groundbreaking and incisive exploration, acclaimed social critic Curtis White describes an all-encompassing and little-noticed force taking over our culture and our lives. White calls this force the Middle Mind -- the current failure of the American imagination in the media, politics, education, art, technology, and religion.The Middle Mind is pragmatic, plainspoken, populist, contemptuous of the right's narrowness, and incredulous before the left's convolutions. It wants to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and has bought an SUV with the intent of visiting it. It even understands in some indistinct way how that very SUV spells the Arctic's doom.The Middle Mind is not about left or right, highbrow or lowbrow, academia or pop culture; in fact, it pervades society without discrimination. The danger is not in a specific point of view, but rather in how the Middle Mind thrives in the common ground of unquestioned mediocrity. All we seem to ask about the culture we experience is whether it's entertaining.White argues that we have forgotten how to read, to watch, to think for ourselves. Because it is neutral, widespread, and easily digestible, the Middle Mind has lulled the American imagination to sleep. As we sit comfortably amused and distracted, just outside the door there is an immediate crisis of a nation blindly following the path of least resistance. Irreverent, provocative, and far-reaching, White presents a clear vision of this dangerous mindset that threatens America's intellectual and cultural freedoms, concluding with an imperative to reawaken and unleash the once powerful American imagination....

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The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves Reviews

  • MJ Nicholls
    2019-05-04 16:10

    I have been at war with ‘middlebrow’ novels for a while now, or publishers that sell novels with pastoral covers and wistful bucolic pictures. This stretches into an innate loathing of the acceptance of unoriginal, topical, and content-driven novels, where the author’s life story is of greater currency, and the content is interchangeable (i.e. Arab Spring the same as doomed romantic encounter). White’s entertaining and substantial thesis expands on this notion of middlebrow (Middle Mind) and diagnoses a cosiness in our literary and intellectual culture that needs to be shattered with a flameball of avant-garde novels and untypical thought-making (often with reference to Derrida and lots of Wallace Stevens quotes). A refreshing and satirical book that takes unexpected detours into metaphysics, religion, and philosophy, White’s book is a provocative treatise and a necessary read for those who have long ago turned their backs on mainstream culture and wonder why the rest of the world hasn’t followed.

  • Szplug
    2019-05-24 20:29

    I had no real urge to read this, wasn't even considering reading this approaching the weekend turnbuckle, and then one hasty, ill-considered decision made in the leg-hopping throes of imminent dumpage meant that Barrett and Kagan received a notice of postponement while I attended myself (as quickly as possible, mind) to this infuriatingly readable thing, an ode to giving Terry Gross and Charlie Rose and all of their cud-chewing, middle-minded followers an overdue beat-down in the hope of snapping them out of their stupor. White here reminds me somewhat of John Ralston Saul—and with more than a passing nod to William Henry's In Defense of Elitism, that highbrow brow-beating from an irascible critic singing a similar song in a different key—though the author here is more scattershot in his tactics, if generally more coherent in his strategy than the wordier Saul. Aside from how their scorn for those power-grabbing, imagination-stultifying elites manifests itself in ways both complimentary and antithetical to each other and both make a pitch at the populist angle while displaying a confused understanding of those masses they desire to reach, White finds equal fault in the complicity of that average citizen whereas JRS deems the latter to have been mislead, misdirected, and misused by those specialized seneschals of the late-capitalist consensus. And to a greater degree than his Canadian peer in the pungent polemic, White evinces consistency in his role as a hit-and-miss artist—at times achieving both within the same paragraph, let alone on the same page.At the very outset, White declares the tripartite goals he set out to achieve in the publishing of this thin slice of well-bred: to make something beautiful; to misbehave; and to be persuasive. IMO, the first two were realized to an appreciable amount—but it's in the third where he falters. As other reviews have pointed out, there is much wisdom and much that is of worth in what White has to say about the leveling down of both American culture and the visions of what the country can and should be; but he's also prone to talking out of his ass, proves insufferable in his own cloistered vantage point, and boldly passes judgement upon subjects he'd have been better advised to consider at further length. Let's face it, just try to imagine what a nation filled with citizens raised, since childhood, on postmodern theory—the endpoint of one of White's bang-shang-a-lang proposals—would actually be like: you'd require an hour of deconstruction and histrionic argument just to get someone to pass the ketchup. Indeed, it is conceivable that the opposing case could be made that a certain level of ignorance and/or apathy on the part of the general populace is a necessary ingredient for the functionality of a capitalist democracy comprising some three hundred-plus millions of people. Furthermore, it is quite clear from White's own words that he deems it obvious that his preferred society—one in which the citizenry seriously undertake to educate themselves in order to be able to assess what is transpiring within on a daily basis and contemplate what course changes should be implemented, as well as attuning themselves to cultural and societal frequencies that would unleash the fertility and harness the potentiality of each citizen's imaginative and creative abilities—would arrive at conclusions similar to his own. He evinces little understanding of the reality that a Middle-Mindless populace might find themselves drawn towards ideologies and cultural memes and creative directions antithetical to what White would prefer; a failing common amongst thinkers that I have espied throughout the ages, whatever location on the ideological spectrum they may occupy. Now, with all of that said, I would still endorse White's book. Aesthetically it proved a pleasure to imbibe, and whatever the failures White has suffered within, they are failures he absolutely understood were potential within his wide-ranging plaint. To a certain extent, they are revealing—to whit, early on he describes the postmodern professoriate as being a Dungeons & Dragons cult. In a footnote White admits that he is unclear about this metaphor's accuracy, and, in point of fact, the analogy does not work; but it serves as a useful example of how White operates at several points within. In his mind, D&D—being something about which he knows nothing but, nonetheless, holds in utter contempt—presents itself as being appropriate as a derogatory descriptor of ivory tower aesthetes. Barreling straight ahead regardless of whether one is full of shit—at such points the Middle-Mind doesn't seem to have much on the author. However, in the end such sidebars are of less importance than the fact that the book's persistent prickliness and pointed poking is a purposeful tactic, meant to provoke the reader—at the very least—into serious contemplation of the points White has made and/or raised, even where middling or muddied—and with that in mind, the author should consider The Middle Mind a modest success.

  • John
    2019-05-24 19:13

    Curtis White does not clearly define the "Middle Mind" or clearly explain "Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves". For example, he does not define an Upper Mind or a Lower Mind and he does not explain how Americans think for someone other than themselves. Much is unclear in this rambling jumble, which includes little sociological or scientific data to support whatever claims it makes. Basically, it seems that the Middle Mind is represented by a liberal who doesn't challenge the status quo. To rise above the Middle Mind you should be a progressive who rejects the status quo. (Forget conservatives, whom White might put in the No Mind camp.) Popular culture is bad because it supports the Estabishment. Counter-culture is good because it subverts the Establishment. (Is it a coincidence that White was in San Francisco in the 1960s?)White does makes it very clear what he likes and doesn't like. If you don't like what he likes, you mired in the Middle Mind. White likes Wallace Stevens, Jacques Derrida, Theodor Adorno, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore, Theodore Roszak, and progressive alternative artists. White also likes Molly Ivins, Andrei Codrescu, and David Foster Wallace, all of whom provided cover blurbs.White does not like popular culture, television, capitalists, corporations, conservatives, the military, politicians, anything related to the George W. Bush administration, Ronald Reagan, Harold Bloom, William Bennett, and Dinesh D'Souza. White spends much space in the book "staking [his:] claim for the American military-industrial-technocratic empire as a disaster machine". White comments on the "media blacklisting" of Chomsky and Zinn, as if Chomsky didn't have books in every Borders and Barnes & Noble, and as if Zinn didn't have the bestselling history book and a profitable capitalist industry in progressive "People's History" books. While the book sometimes focuses on the cultural Middle Mind, it often slips into the political Middle Mind.White's solution to the poorly defined problem of the Middle Mind is more thought, imagination, and the "sublime". Examples of the sublime are Marshall McLuhan's "The Mechanical Bride" which "yearns for what it can't adequately express" and David Lynch's work: "Lynch is sublime in part because he is inarticulate. He really has no idea what he's trying to say." White does not seem to believe that people in the U.S. are already allowed to be creative, imaginative, and thoughtful. It frustrates White that people embrace popular culture rather than reject it. (If the people rejected the popular culture, then what would the popular culture be?) It also frustrates White that so many people prefer to think for themselves rather than think just like White would prefer (e.g., progressively). In summary, if people don't think like White, they must not be thinking.White makes a good point that academic Cultural Studies "flattens distinctions" between great art and mediocre art -- between "Milton and Madonna". White applies this criticism to shows like Terry Gross's "Fresh Air" and Charlie Rose's show, which often interview great talents and mediocre talents with equal admiration. That could make an interesting essay (and I say this as a big fan of "Fresh Air"). However, rather than elaborate on this, White goes on to really criticize such shows for being "a threat to no one nowhere" -- that is, they represent the Middle Mind because they don't fulfill White's preferred function of criticizing the popular culture and status quo. White criticizes Cultural Studies and popular shows for being institutionalized and supporting the capitalist popular culture.After discussing Cultural Studies, White reviews Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan", which he disliked because it was "crypto-fascist", and the Radiohead record "Kid A", which he liked because it was not made to meet commercial expectations.It is amusing when White writes this about "Saving Private Ryan": "I have been surprised that my friends -- intelligent, sophisticated people on the whole [e.g., progressives:] -- had no idea what I was talking about when I elaborated my understanding of the film's 'lesson.'....In short, my ominous conclusion was that they didn't know how to 'read' the film. That is to say, they didn't know how to abstract the integument of structure from a piece of narrative art in order to begin to talk about how the thing means (i.e., creates an ethical world)." Imagine White's friends anxiously brushing up on Derrida before seeing any movie with him.White said in an interview "Basically I don't watch tv for the same reason that I don't drive nails into my frontal lobe." In a time when much of the nation's art is presented through television, one would think that someone writing about art would be sure to be familiar with it. One could imagine a cultural critic of fifty years ago saying "I don't listen to modern music for the same reason that I don't drive nails into my frontal lobe." A conservative view that is at odds with White's theme. Does White watch Internet content or read Internet blogs? Where does White think the youth of today express their views?If you are a progressive Thinker who believes your friends and fellow citizens are inferior, culturally and politically, then you may enjoy this book. Rated one star for the critique of Cultural Studies, and one more star for the funny look at "Saving Private Ryan".

  • Suman
    2019-05-06 19:34

    An epically frustrating book. I expected the book to be about the ills of the progressive suburban mind (the thoughts of those people who drive around listening to Terri Gross on NPR or watch to Charlie Rose with rapt attention), and it kind of is, but mainly it's 200 pages - and thankfully not longer - of Curtis White railing against the world. Sometimes, there is some rather insightful commentary. Nice critiques include how the Terri Gross/Charlie Rose interview true artists and hacks with the same reverence and how the Cultural Studies major flattens distinctions. These critiques, however, need to be separated from borderline brain-damaged ideas throughout the book. A couple of these comments is how we are supposed to hate cars because they've killed 3M in the past 30 years (Dr. White seems to have forgotten how many people would have died had say, transportation didn't deliver you food at your grocery stores) or how scientists all build weapons for our military overlords and disclaim any responsibility (forgetting those nice folks who, I don't know, cured leprosy and polio).And White's grand prescription is... read more Derrida! This is not to say that Derrida may not help us become better people (I haven't read any Derrida, so I am not going to make any claims), but that this would be the kneejerk suggestion that one would expect from someone teaching English at the university level (which he is). For a book whose subtitle is "Why Americans Don't Think For Themselves", it seems that White's perspective is prototypical for someone with an English Ph.D. White just spouts those banal English Ph.D. lines, but somehow thinks his book has much more original (and correct) thought than it actually does.Life, if you want to look at it in all its complexity, is extremely difficult and overwhelming, and it's really necessary that one needs to simplify it in order to get through the day. What I was hoping for was a critique on how a "dominant" class of people simplifies life in a rather poor way and some thoughtful (and new) suggestions on how to fix those simplifications. Instead, I was treated with mostly slipshod invective (with a couple good ideas thrown in) and a rather poor suggestion that will do nothing to make those "Middle Minds" lives materially better.

  • Allie
    2019-05-05 15:13

    The first few dozen pages seem really promising, but it's all downhill from there. He comes off as talking out his ass about half the time, and if you don't like the same bands/academic theorists/radio programs as he does, then you clearly aren't enlightened. Heck, he's even disappointed in his friends' level of enlightenment.He mentions the need not to water important subjects down into easily digestible bits--into sensationalist headlines--for the Middle Minded public to understand, which I agree with, but it's difficult to capture the attention of an over-stimulated group of people with a dense, academic stack of info.I wish I hadn't wasted time reading this book.

  • Jeff Bursey
    2019-05-15 21:20

    I re-read this because I liked how Curtis White lays out his argument; I had the same disgust at _Saving Private Ryan_, and the people I saw it with reacted much like those friends White talks about.This book isn't densely argued, hedged by authorities, or written at a low temperature (though I'm sure it could be more intemperate). It's not meant to be cautious, but to provoke thought (though it can also provoke despair), and it succeeds.

  • Zach
    2019-05-06 20:10

    He was my teacher at Illinois State, so a grain of salt.The best teacher I've ever had. Old school: he talked, we listened. We asked questions, he always had answers. Plus he once called a hairdo he had in the 60s a "haircut of despair." Which is still the funniest thing.

  • Adam Ross
    2019-05-24 18:14

    White is swiftly becoming one of my favorite contrarian thinkers. In this book he takes on the notion of the Middle Mind, what he views as an intellectual and imaginative shallows of Western, and particularly American, life and culture. In essence, the Middle Mind is a place where any thought is permissible, so long as it doesn't matter. In this case, to "matter" means to open up social imaginaries outside of the status quo. Artists and creatives can posit any radical idea they want, so long as it does not threaten the basic system currently in place. Thus people wax philosophical about technological marvels without questioning the first principles of a technocracy, and artists are employed by multinational corporations in Hollywood and Silicon Valley to apply their creativity safely within the bounds of acceptable discourse. White seeks to set us free from this perspective in a set of sharp (both in the sense of cutting, and in the sense of insightful) essays in which he seeks to deconstruct this safe shallows of the imaginary, and to point, vaguely, forward toward a recovery of the full imagination, art, and the sublime. Here is meat, not milk, thought for chewing and wrestling. There is no better kind.

  • Butterfly
    2019-05-22 19:11

    It's hard to know how to rate this book. On the one hand, I think the author's basic ideas are extremely important: we need to "think change" and not just be content to passively consume media in order to feed our human need for creativity. But I would have found his arguments much more convincing had he given more examples. Instead, each point is based on a single rant against some movie/critic/show/etc. that the author doesn't like. I wasn't familiar with many of these, so I could only take his word for it. It's like the book was based on just a handful of rants upon which a theory was constructed... it seemed weak. Also, his disdain for Nick Hornby's music reviews bothered me. He looks down at Hornby because Hornby wants music to, get this, *SOUND GOOD*, scoff! I did like his movie interpretations, but on the whole he comes across as a pretentious snob. Much of this book was very abstract and theoretical without sufficient examples, and I had a hard time focussing. His definition of The Middle Mind was a bit vague as well. I feel like the author had a bunch of good ideas, but they would be much better as tightly edited and theoretically expanded articles (the book was based on articles in the first place, I guess).

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-05-11 17:15

    I confess that I only got this because I read that he takes on Fresh Air and Terry Gross and I was excited to read criticism of that lousy program. Anyway, like other philosophy/etc. books I've read, he seems to say a lot and not really say anything new. If I figured the main thesis right: art is good and beautiful and can save us and the environment (because the thinking and creativity required for art can do anything, yah), but most of our culture isn't art at all but mediocre entertainment and that is why we suck. Well, close enough, I think. Why does there have to be a hierarchy of worth in art anyway? Why not connect our hierarchical, competitive way of organizing society to our suckiness?Now, I won't defend crappy reality tv shows and bad music, but it is a judgment call and to each their own, right? That said, stories are important, but it isn't just art that tells them (or crappy video games and tv) but every insitution in our culture.Whatever, I'm rambling. I guess I just didn't find much worthwhile here and that probably proves that I'm in the middle-mindset like everyone else.

  • Matt
    2019-04-24 21:10

    White is really smart. And he's right on target. About half the time. He can't seem to break out of the indignation that the world around him isn't as avant-garde as he needs it to be. Middlebrow isn't as bad a thing as he wants to make it out to be. Frustrating, yes. Bad, indeed. Harmful, cheap, etc.But it does give people a more than your daily dose of insight and opportunity for investigation.I read this so long ago, I can't remember too much of his specifics. I remember being vehemently in agreement almost every other page, with the next page being totally off the mark.Of how many books can this be said?

  • Gregory's Lament
    2019-05-22 20:10

    I remember reading this book. I remember enjoying it. I don't remember what it's about. Social criticism of some sort. Quoted a lot of academics and poets. Seemed to make too much of whatever it was about. Or not.

  • Shrinivasaron
    2019-05-16 16:15

    Senility: At some point the wisdom of a fiery veteran becomes the bitter raving of a crazy old man.

  • Chris Rose
    2019-05-05 19:18

    I read the first chapter. That's enough. This seems to be a book that is one long rant from Mr Arrogant. Agree with him or you are a moron. He may in fact be a brilliant person. It's hard to tell, slogging through his rambling raging. There are too many books out there to waste another minute on this guy. If you like the book, so be it. But it is definitely not for me.

  • Beverly
    2019-05-10 20:09

    Let's to describe this book - maybe steaming pile of shit sums it up nicely. In fairness I got what I deserved, because I only picked this up to read his evisceration of the vapid Terry Gross of NPR Fresh Air fame. The author, writing from a leftist ivory tower, posits the 'orginal' idea (note the ironic quote marks) that entertainment is a tool of capitalism to lull the masses and control what they think. (You don't believe this? Just look at Walt Disney.) How an 'ism' can be so diabolically clever is beyond me, but there is more than a touch of paranoia in this thesis. In exposing this idea, he goes on to excoriate all middle class thinking as stupid because most people are not critical readers of cultural artifacts. (Is the fancy term 'interrogate'? They don't interrogate consumer entertainment choices?) And that is the entire substance of the first part. Everyone is stupid. OK then.

  • Gordclements
    2019-04-25 15:33

    This has been the most stimulating and worthwhile read that I have experienced in a long time. For good reason White is critical of conventional ways in America. In this book he explores and examines the limitations of modern thinking and actions that arise from them. In being Canadian I find America to be a very relevant influence on Canadian lives. In many ways the politics of Stephen Harper are inseparable from some of these troubling tendencies of the American middle mind as White refers to it. Ultimately a creative and pragmatic approach is required if we are to address some of the human created problems that we live with today. Its not a matter of conquering, imposingor fixating on ultimate ideas and ideologies but more about delving into our human, creative and natural tendencies to use our thinking.

  • Christopher DeMarcus
    2019-05-23 20:14

    It's hard to only give this book three stars, at the same time I want to only give it two. White's writing is keen and his analysis of the lack of hierarchy in cultural critique, the problem of illusions of equality in all things, should be celebrated. However, even for a crank like me, White is too cranky. His whip lash critique takes on issues with an almost whining, bullied tone. That being said, White is no idiot. But unlike cranky professors that can inject a heavy dose of humour and irony, this book feel to far to the cynical side for me. I applaud its critical approach, but it reads more like the story of a hunter shooting down ducks; rather than a philosopher's deconstruction of the problem, or methodical search for a clinical cure.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-05 18:17

    I am not sure why I bought this book other than it was half-priced at the going-out-of-business sale at our local independent bookstore and I found the title intriguing. I agree with the main thesis of the book in that culture in AmeriKa is a mindless,and numbing cultural milieu that surrounds us. I think the author believes he is defining the MIDDLE MIND, but I finished the book not really sure of what it is. I guess it is somewhere between the right and the left, the living and the dead, the sad and the happy, the good and the bad. But really is it? Read it if you dare, slowly, a chapter at a time and then reread. All I know is that there is something very wrong in the country, and this was a stab at trying to decipher what that problem is, but it left me wondering what is next.

  • Jon
    2019-05-08 21:06

    White's concept of "the middle mind"--essentially, a new twist on the old idea of "midcult" art or "middlebrow" thinking--ultimately seems both over-simple and over-familiar, and he doesn't really follow it through. Thus, the book lacks a coherent thesis, instead turning into a loose compilation of rants about things that tick-off White about American life today. However, American life today offers him plenty to work with, and few current ranters can boast his wit, erudition, and penetrating intelligence, making this book worthwhile even if its basic premise lacks substance.

  • Hundeschlitten
    2019-05-19 21:22

    An invigorating read! White takes on much of contemporary America, attacking the purveyors of entertainment and the "middle mind" before finally concluding with a call to find the new American sublime. Some of his riffs are a bit dated; I found White's broadsides on Terri Gross and Nick Hornby a lot more interesting than the ones against Dick Cheney and the war in Iraq. But these are quibbles. When White declares, "What waits beyond the lie is the sublime," I feel like shouting, "Amen, brother." Amen.

  • Abby
    2019-05-12 20:11

    I picked this up, after having seen Curtis White mentioned in the Paris Review, and with the hope that it would explain why so many Americans are enamored with the walking nightmare of Donald Trump. But I was disappointed. As others have noted, the book starts out strong/interesting, and then fails to hold any coherent structure. The main message I got was that White hates just about everything in American culture (especially Terry Gross, Lord, he loathes Terry Gross) and eschews the unimaginative monoculture. But that doesn't make for a particularly thought-provoking book.

  • Roger Buck
    2019-04-26 15:09

    Perhaps five stars is a tad generous. Still, easily four stars for a penetrating analysis of a grave world problem: Media as a form of social control, eliminating thinking, eliminating questioning. Much of the book is "merely" acute (and often witty, even hilarious). But beyond that is really quite profound thought, I feel. I have reviewed the book at much greater length here:

  • Adam
    2019-04-26 21:32

    Curtis White's "The Middle Mind: Why Consumer Culture is Turning Us into the Living Dead" is an interesting critical approach to the American culture through the analysis of the "Middle Mind" - the portion of American culture that White believes is destroying intellectual thought and critical thinking.I enjoyed this book, as White's writing is humorous and cogent. However, his arguments often trail off and devolve into tangents, a style that prevented me from enjoying the finer points of the book.

  • Jessie
    2019-05-21 20:07

    I'd like to know exactly how much weed this guy burned through while writing this because that's probably how much it would take for me to tolerate reading it. "Everyone else is a mindless, nonthinking sheep, mindlessly trotting through a haze of capitalist homogenized culture. It is only I who am truly awake!" If you liked this book, all you need to do is convince every other American who felt this way to write their own. Then you'd have 300 million more to read. :/

  • Maryam
    2019-05-19 16:34

    This book is more of White's glossy literary roladex than a hearty examination of the mediocrity that is in full force of the American "middle mind." However, it is still useful as an introductory text for influential theoretical thinkers whose ideas have the potential for usurping hegemonic power structures colonizing American mythicized "high-culture".... that is if you can stomach the excessive name-dropping and low grade pop anecdotes.

  • Michael
    2019-05-05 18:35

    It is hard to write a review for a book that is filled with so many great ideas. White is funny and easy to read even as he deals with the most depressing and disturbing material. I love his work because he believes that creativity can change the world but he is not a sloppy idealist. He is a pragmatist but refuses to settle for the mediocre. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thinking critically about the world.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-25 21:17

    I really liked this book (hence the 4 stars!!) It introduced me to a lot of new ideas and philosophy that I hadn't know before and made notes on so I could follow up. I certainly agree with White's premise that we're too content not to think for ourselves. And to trust in people and positions that have proven to be untrustworthy. But how do we change it??? I read one review that said the reviewer read this book once a year. That might not be a bad idea.

  • Teoh
    2019-05-11 17:23

    I just basically plowed thorugh this book like a steroid-fueled, caffeine-overdosed ox on a barren, rocky field. Not sure if I am too dense to understand or the book too dense for me to understand. I have rough inkling of what the author intended to convey, by mere glance at its title and skimming through the pages (the book does have the occasional flash of brilliance), but overall it merits a mere star from me.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-01 23:09

    A lot of reasonable, level headed people identify themselves as moderates. Curtis White believes that identification is not reasonable in of itself, if the position is derived from intellectual laziness. He finds the titular "Middle Mind" at work in all spectra of life. Look for the public radio excoriation.

  • Pam
    2019-05-04 19:29

    The Middle Mind is the force of the current failure of the American imagination in media, education, politics, art, technology, & religion - our nation is experiencing a crisis of blindly following the path of least resistance. This book shows how we have forgotten how to read, watch & think for ourselves - a cultural wake-up call