Nobrow is itself a work of Nobrow art, shape-shifting like a Beck tune: it's art appreciation, memoir, social history, high-altitude academic theory, and shoe-leather reporting all at once. Seabrook captures world-historical figures in action: George Lucas, MTV's Judy McGrath, music exec Danny "Nirvana" Goldberg, and kabillionaire David Geffen, who helped bring you Tom Cruise and DreamWorks. The big book on Geffen may be The Operator, but Seabrook can nail him in a phrase: "The boredom in his eyes, which seemed on the verge of spilling over into other parts of his face, was held in check by his lively eyebrows." And no one has outdone Seabrook's jaunty account of his elite magazine's Nobrowification by Tina Brown, who established "a hierarchy of hotness."
Seabrook doesn't score on every shot, but it's fun to watch him play. He's like a kid brother to his cult idol, George W.S. Trow, author of the prescient 1978 classic Within the Context of No Context. If Eustace Tilley, The New Yorker's famous monocled snob icon, got zonked on "chronic bubonic" pot and gangsta rap, he might have written this dizzy yet erudite book. Indeed, one might not be altogether amiss in calling it "da bomb." --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had this book on my list for awhile. When I got the chance to read it, I settled in for what I thought would be an afternoon with the book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by brian d foy
The book was not tarnished or ugly looking at all and the process of getting the book wasn't long at all.Good job Amazon.Published on May 8, 2012 by melody
Certainly an interesting premise, but at the end of the day John Seabrook simply never delivers in "NoBrow". Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by Richard Driver
This book is terrible. I got through the first few "chapters' well enough, but it felt like the author kept saying and espousing the same rhetoric over and over again. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by D. Mullins
This book is very self indulgent. I can't think of any bad things to say about this book that have not already been said. Read morePublished on October 5, 2006 by L. Melledy
Well done thanks to vivid mind of John Seabrook! I would like to recommend `Nobraw' to my Russian compatriots:
Klassnaya i ostroumnaya kniga, sovetuyu pochitat'. Read more
This book was tossed around in a conversation along with the likes of the "brand and culture" work of Naomi Klein, so I put it on my list and finally got around to it. Read morePublished on September 22, 2005 by amy
The main problem with this book is that the content is totally unrelated to the title. The title puts forth that the book will discuss how marketing has affected American culture,... Read morePublished on January 5, 2005 by Louie2
I was disappointed that Seabrook so cursorily examined the topic of this book. It's important, and much more easily explained using examples chosen from outside the author's... Read morePublished on August 22, 2004 by David B. Schlosser