SWIMMING IN A SEA OF DEATH
By David Rieff
Simon & Schuster, 179 pages, $21
There’s something obscene about sitting at a desk, in a chair that corrects the posture, sipping warm, sugary tea, yawning or scratching, barely aware of the fug of felt life, all the while getting ready to give Read More
The form in which we most often encounter sociology is David Brooks or Malcolm Gladwell, taking us on a stroll through our works and days and discontents. Tom Wolfe is simultaneously more entertaining, because he dresses his observations in fiction, and grimmer.
But sometimes we meet a practical sociologist who is engaged in more alarming Read More
“I think I’m American in all sorts of essential ways,” said the 52-year-old war journalist David Rieff the other day, “but I never understood this American wish to look on the bright side. I just don’t get it.”
Dubbed “Mr. Pessimism” by Time magazine in 2002, Mr. Rieff, the son of the late Susan Sontag Read More