Dan Fox


“A nimble case for pretentiousness as a willingness to take risks.” —The New York Times Book Review
Pretentiousness is for anyone who has braved being different, whether that’s making a stand against artistic consensus or running the gauntlet of the last bus home dressed differently from everyone else. Pretentiousness is an essential ingredient in pop music and high art. Why do we choose accusations of elitism over open-mindedness? What do our anxieties about “pretending” say about us?
“Fox also cites the work of George Orwell and Susan Sontag repeatedly, and in this book he has written an intellectually rigorous study of culture that echoes the scope of their work. His argument is convincing, and it may leave readers with a newfound respect for the term that gives his book its title.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“This thoughtful essay will be balm to those who dare to be elitist.” —Toronto Star
158 printed pages
Original publication


    Palina Piakarskayashared an impression5 years ago
    🙈Lost On Me

    Reads like a highschool essay, thoughts all over the place and very little substance

    nitrushinashared an impression5 years ago


    b8349545469has quoted2 years ago
    Your pretense was your protection, and could also make you into a target.
    Anastasiya Glushkovahas quoted4 years ago
    A concept rock album about a fictional Edwardian military band, featuring musical styles borrowed from Indian classical music, vaudeville and musique concrete, its sleeve design including images of Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, Marilyn Monroe, Carl Gustav Jung, Sir Robert Peel, Marlene Dietrich and Aleister Crowley?
    Anastasiya Glushkovahas quoted4 years ago
    Fitting in would be the new standing out

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