Ideas | Oct 6, 1997 | 55:55

The Elsewhere Community - Part 2

Exile, identity and fantasy. In the 1997 Massey Lectures, Hugh Kenner writes about the idea that people have a constant need for stimulation from a community encountered "elsewhere." Kenner's thinking brings together literature, mathematics, science, computer programming and popular culture. "The dividing line between high and low culture is utterly fictitious," says Kenner. "Genuine culture is neither high nor low; it involves ideas you're happy to keep returning to for the rest of your life."

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