Bard professor a finalist for National Book Critics Circle award

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Daniel Mendelsohn, an award-winning author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, has been named a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism for his most recent book, “Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture.”

“Waiting for the Barbarians” is a compilation of 24 of Mendelsohn’s recent essays on a wide range of subjects, from the movie “Avatar” to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from Susan Sontag’s “Journals” to his controversial dissection of TV’s “Mad Men.”

The New York Times Book Review hailed Mendelsohn’s work: “Hold tight to your convictions while reading Daniel Mendelsohn lest you absorb his own. You’ll want to. They’re always more deeply considered, generous in spirit, fresher and funnier than yours…Mendelsohn just might be our most irresistible literary critic.”

Winners of the National Book Critics Circle book awards will be announced on Thurs, Feb. 28, at 6pm at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. A finalists’ reading will be held in the same place the day before at 6pm.

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