All Things Are Too Small: Essays in Praise of Excess
What is the relationship between Marie Kondo and many modern novels? Why do we get addicted to stories - particularly when they're about serial killers? Seven years after #metoo, how can we have the sex we really want? Is it ok to think Troll 2 is a good film? In All Things Are Too Small, virtuoso young critic and philosopher Becca Rothfeld turns her clear gaze to a series of interconnected cultural and political questions - about aesthetics, taste, literature, equality, power and sexuality. In a healthy culture, she argues, economic security allows for wild extremes of aesthetic experimentation, yet in our society we've got it flipped. The gap between rich and poor yawns hideously wide, while we compensate with misguided attempts to effect equality in love and art, where it does not belong. Our culture's embrace of minimalism has left our souls impoverished: decluttering has reduced our living spaces to empty non-places; the mindfulness trend has emptied our minds of the thoughts that make us who we are; the regularization of sex has drained it of unpredictability and therefore true eroticism; and our quest for balance has yielded fictions whose protagonists aspire to excise their appetites. As intellectually illuminating as it is gloriously carnal and earthy, All Things Are Too Small is a much needed tonic in a world of oppressive sterility and limitation, and a soul cry for derangement, imbalance, obsession, ravishment and disorder.
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- ISBN: 9780349016221
- Number of pages: 304
- Weight: 41g
- Dimensions: 222 x 138 x 22 mm