“The writing in this book is so extraordinary. It is as if George Trow had dived down in some deep sea and had taken only the most rare, the most beautiful, and sometimes the most disturbing of words and ideas, to tell us about the things that are not so rare, not so beautiful, but are most disturbing in our culture.” Jamaica Kincaid
Within the Context of No Context
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-674-9 • $14.95 • Paperback • Apr. 1997
Written originally for a special issue of The New Yorker and
reissued here with a new foreword by the author, Within the Context of No
Context is George W. S. Trow’s brilliant exposition on the state of
American culture and twentieth-century life.
Published to widespread acclaim, Within the Context of No
Context became an immediate classic and is, to this day, a favorite work of
writers and critics alike. Both a chilling commentary on the times in which it
was written and an eerie premonition of the future, Trow’s work locates and
traces, describes and analyzes the components of change in contemporary
America—a culture increasingly determined by the shallow worlds of consumer
products, daytime television, and celebrity heroes.