Just about everyone on the culture-blog front has already linked to Terry Teachout's piece on the virtues of America's extinct middlebrow culture, but I am compelled to do it, too, for the benefit of the very few of you who may not yet have read it.
Terry does a terrific job of summing up the cultural atmosphere that I grew up in, in various suburbs of suburbs of Detroit, and particularly the central roles played by Time (especially the "back of the book" features) and Life magazines in keeping one's eyes open to the broader currents and possibilities. (This is closely related to the phenomenon I noted when I wrote about Bullwinkle's Corner, which is of much the same era.)
But dang it! did Terry have to disclose that he's a few months younger than I am?
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