Simon Prades for The New Yorker Adam Gopnik examines the…

Simon Prades for The New Yorker

Adam Gopnik examines the astonishing career of Howard Becker and explores why the American sociologist, while respected at home, is required reading in France:

The French myth of America is as robust as the American myth of France, and one important element in it is the idea that Americans can arrive intuitively at results that the French can get to only by thinking a lot. Like the Hollywood moviemakers whom the French New Wave critics adopted in the fifties and sixties, Becker is beloved in Paris in part because he doesn’t seem overencumbered with theory or undue abstraction.

Illustration by Simon Prades

See full post here: Début Art2015-01-09.