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Egotopia, Egotopia, 0817309012, 0-8173-0901-2, 978-0-8173-0901-5, 9780817309015, , , Egotopia, 0817309934, 0-8173-0993-4, 978-0-8173-0993-0, 9780817309930, , , Egotopia, 0817391304, 0-8173-9130-4, 978-0-8173-9130-0, 9780817391300,

Narcissism and the New American Landscape

Trade Cloth
1997. 200 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s
Quality Paper
1999. 188 pp.
Price:  $24.95 s
E Book
1999. 188 pp.
1 B&W illustration
Price:  $24.95 d

Egotopia explains why individual political and economic interests have eclipsed aesthetic considerations in the rampant billboards, malls, and urban sprawl of the New American Landscape.

Egotopia begins where other critiques of the American landscape end: identifying the physical ugliness that defines and homogenizes America's cities, suburbs, and countryside. Believing that prevailing assessments of the American landscape are inadequate and injudicious, John Miller calls into question the conventional wisdom of environmentalists, urban planners,and architects alike. In this precedent-shattering examination of what he sees as the ugliness that is the American consumer society, Miller contends that our aesthetic condition can be fully understood only by explorers of the metaphoric environment.

Metaphorically, the ugliness of America's great suburban sprawl is the physical manifestation of our increasing narcissism- our egotopia. The ubiquity of psychotherapy as a medium promoting self-indulgence has deified private man as it has demonized public man. The New American Landscape, Miller argues, is no longer the physical manifestation of public and communal values. Instead it has become a projection of private fantasies and narcissistic self-indulgence. Individual interests and private passions can no longer tolerate, nor even recognize, aesthetic concerns in such a landscape dedicated to uncompromising notions of utility.


John Miller is a public relations consultant whose writing on public policy and the environment has appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. He is a cofounder of Washington, D.C.-based Scenic America. Anthropologist, social biologist, and social critic. 



"Egotopia is a marvelous book, and nothing could be more timely. .. . I know of no book that more effectively enables us to understand America'sgrowing disregard of aesthetics and the nature of the psychosis from whichour country suffers than Egotopia."
—Ashley Montagu, from the Foreword

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