"Nothing better illustrates the curiously bipolar nature of the American reader than the appearance on the [bestsellers of 1956] list of Grace Metalious and Simone de Beauvior at the same time. One could argue that they were probably read by different people, but I'm not even sure of that, frankly. The answer may be that Americans craved culture--and the feeling that they were cultured themselves--almost as much as they did a big tearjerker with a lot of sex."
-Michael Korda. Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999.
Yeah, that sounds just about right to me.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: The Streets of Dublin- A Man of No Importance