Read Against Everything: Essays Online Free - In Against Everything, Mark Greif makes us rethink the ordinary, taking our own lives seriously, exploring how we might live an honest life in these dishonest times. In a series of coruscating set pieces, Greif asks why we put ourselves through the pains of exercise, what shopping in organic supermarkets does for our sense of self-worth, what the political identity of the hipster might be, and what happens to us when we listen to too much Radiohead. From such counter-intuitive observations, Greif exposes the fundamental contradictions between our actions, desires and the excuses that we make to ourselves in hope of consolation. With the wit and seriousness of David Foster Wallace, Against Everything is the most thought-provoking study and essential guide to everyday life under 21st-century capitalism.
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November 11, 2016
I got the impression from the title that Mark Greif tries to be curmudgeonly. A couple of the early essays support that impression, an essay calling physical exercise a tyranny and one in which he writes about the constant bombardment by media of the values of nutrition and eating healthily. Rath...
October 02, 2016
This is a hit or miss collection, as should be expected I suppose for a set of wildly disparate essays by a pretty young person. Overall I thought they were very good: basically, I see Greif as a sort of David Foster Wallace type of essayist, albeit more of a "classic" intellectual, more invested...
April 22, 2017
Mark Greif, founder of n+1 and professional intellectual holds forth on topics as disparate as Radiohead, modern warfare, and Thoreau in this highly intelligent but dry collectanea. I'm not a reader of n+1, but a "certain" type of friend is, and suffice it to say I've never been drawn to it.
February 09, 2017
I got two thirds of the way through this remarkable set of essays before I started thinking Mark Greif might actually be “for” something, rather than simply “against everything,” as he claims.
Even at that point I was far from disappointed, because he is a formidable author. I’ve read a lot in my...
February 25, 2017
I have been reading a lot of magazine articles online. Short, long, but mostly long. This was a nice cleanse. In a way it was The longest of long reads.
But it was also a reminder that being glued to what is unfolding in this moment blocks one from reflecting deeply. That the constant stream of ne...
November 03, 2016
Greif's greatest hits from the first decade or so of n+1 magazine. We see here all the topics a young litty academic should be bothered about: Iraq, reality TV, the financial crash, the state of pop music. There are also items on exercise and childrearing, getting nearer to the domestic concerns...
April 27, 2017
As an essayist, Greif is at his absolute weakest whenever he leverages himself as superior to his subject, which in his early writing is often. He improves over the ten year period of writing that Against Everything collects at roughly the midway point of the book. But he never seems to come down...
May 26, 2017
It is mostly good.
February 14, 2017
I tried really hard to get through this collection of essays; however, it wasn't for me. It is clear that mark Grief is well educated as his writing comes across extremely professorial. Sometimes, though, I think that writing this way takes away from the point the author is trying to make. What's...
April 02, 2017
"I mistrust any authority that is happy with this world as it is. I understand delight, and being moved by the things of this world. I understand feeling stron on oneself because of one's capabilities. I know what mania is, the lust for powers not of the ordinary run. I sympathize with gratitude...