Daniel Mendelsohn - Waiting for the Barbarians
Why does the sinking of the Titanic continue to fascinate? What went wrong with acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s attempt to bring the comic book hero Spiderman to the Broadway stage? What can we learn from Anne Carson’s—and others’—translations of Sappho? Why do we love the television show Mad Men (hint: it’s not at all for the reasons you think). From Greek mythology to contemporary writers to pop culture, Mendelsohn’s insightful, delightful, and occasionally divisive essays ferret the low-brow and high-brow, revealing that the gulf between the two types is smaller than we often assume.