Narcissism is normal

David McCullough Jr.’s view of narcissism is a familiar one among the professional classes. As an angle on our age, Elizabeth Lunbeck finds it blinding.


Mirror, Mirror, by Simon Blackburn

In Simon Blackburn's inquiry into how to get our love of self into balance, self-esteem and shame appear alongside traits such as integrity and sincerity.


Too much irony

For Common Things: Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today, by Jedediah Purdy
Soul of a Citzen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, by Paul Rogat Loeb