This article explains a great deal about life before the postmodern mixing of high and low and numerous other things that existed before my time.
It is vacation and I have indulged in some perhaps low and middlebrow culture. I have read James Lee Burke, Jolie Blon’s Bounce, set in the bayous; Dedra Johnson, Sandrine’s Letter to Tomorrow, set in Mississippi and New Orleans; and Jonathan Kellerman, Mystery, set in Los Angeles.
Now I am rereading Roland Barthes, La Tour Eiffel, and starting Leonardo Padura, El hombre que amaba a los perros and also the essays in the catalogue for Olmec. All of these current readings are serious, but they do not seem like work.