Praise for Andrew Potter’s The Authenticity Hoax
“Potter’s broad-ranging survey makes a good case that the authenticist fantasy is deeply embedded in the culture.”—Wall Street Journal
“[Andrew Potter] offers a shrewd and lively discussion peppered with pop culture references and a stimulating reappraisal of the romantic strain in modern life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Potter weaves elements of history, philosophy and pop culture together in a book that will leave an impression even if it doesn’t necessarily show us the path. Is Andrew Potter one of the great thinkers of our age? He may well be: this is great stuff.”—January Magazine
What if there is something to the notion of "the decline of the West" after all? For all our enlightenment faith in reason and progress, there are structural features of our existence that raise the question of whether it's all just an extended dream. Has the COVID-19 pandemic finally snapped us out of it, and into the waking reality of a much poorer and less illusioned existence?