America After Utopia

America After Utopia The French social critic and lapsed sociologist Jean Baudrillard, who died in 2007, is author of the highly acclaimed America and Cool Memories. One of the more poignant observers of America since his compatriot Alexis de Tocqueville roamed these lands, Baudrillard's insights, in the manner of the parochial universalism of Parisian post‐Marxist intellectuals, dazzle some‐where between the brilliant and impenetrable. Back in 1990, I sat down with him in the haute tacky Royal Palace motel in Los Angeles, which Baudrillard claimed was his favorite city. For him, LA was the closest thing to a center in this heterogeneous, ex‐centric world. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Perspectives Quarterly Wiley

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Copyright © 2009 Wiley Subscription Services
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0893-7850
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1540-5842
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10.1111/j.1540-5842.2009.01118.x
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Abstract

The French social critic and lapsed sociologist Jean Baudrillard, who died in 2007, is author of the highly acclaimed America and Cool Memories. One of the more poignant observers of America since his compatriot Alexis de Tocqueville roamed these lands, Baudrillard's insights, in the manner of the parochial universalism of Parisian post‐Marxist intellectuals, dazzle some‐where between the brilliant and impenetrable. Back in 1990, I sat down with him in the haute tacky Royal Palace motel in Los Angeles, which Baudrillard claimed was his favorite city. For him, LA was the closest thing to a center in this heterogeneous, ex‐centric world.

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Published: Jan 1, 2009

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