Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America

CREATED Feb 2, 2012

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Guest: Daniel J. Flynn

Popular culture has divorced itself from the life of the mind. Who has time for great books or deep thought when there is Jersey Shore to watch, a txt 2 respond 2, and World of Warcraft to play?

At the same time, those who pursue the life of the mind have insulated themselves from popular culture. Speaking in insider jargon and writing unread books, intellectuals have locked themselves away in a ghetto of their own creation.

It wasn’t always so. Blue Collar Intellectuals vividly captures a time in the twentieth century when the everyman aspired to high culture and when intellectuals descended from the ivory tower to speak to the everyman. Author Daniel J. Flynn profiles thinkers from working-class backgrounds who played a prominent role in American life by addressing their intellectual work to a mass audience.

Listen to Nick's Interview with Daniel.

This author was featured on KSGF Mornings with Nick Reed on Thursday, February 9th.