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Life in the slow lane : observations on art, architecture, manners and other such spectator sports
Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, [1991]

Physical Description:
254 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Cornelia and Michael Bessie book."

Includes index.
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E169.12 .L96 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author of The Tastemakers, Snobs, and The Lively Audience offers a marvelous collection of informal essays on the arts and manners of our time, our enthusiasms, distastes, and foibles. In his inimitable style Lynes writes engagingly about places and people and crusades, about style and those who think they know what it is and those who know better, managing somehow to create a civilization worth saving in the end.

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Booklist Review

"Dilettante" is what Lynes calls himself in an effort to transvalue that somewhat demeaning title and, at the same time, disarm readers too busy to share his interest in nineteenth-century New York architects; Saul Steinberg's social satire; the effects of the Depression and the postwar "new leisure" on the boom in art; tourists who take photographs; the fantasies of contemporary America as revealed in catalogs; or any of the other topics in these essays reprinted from Harper's, Art in America, and Architectural Digest. With few exceptions (the art museum Lynes stocks and reorganizes in his mind, for example), the essays are about twentieth-century American culture--some of it highbrow, some of it popular, all of it explored with the gentle irony, relaxed affection, and understated, conversational acuity that will most readily be called "civilized" by readers with the time to enjoy the culture they live and breathe. ~--Roland Wulbert