Perry Meisel: Author & Professor of English at New York University

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Perry Meisel is Professor of English at New York University. He has written on literature, music, psychoanalysis, theory, and culture since the early 1970s. His articles have appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, October, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other publications. His books include The Myth of Popular Culture from Dante to Dylan, The Literary Freud, The Cowboy and the Dandy, The Myth of the Modern, The Absent Father, and Thomas Hardy: The Return of the Repressed. He is co-editor, with Haun Saussy, of Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics, and co-editor, with Walter Kendrick, of Bloomsbury/Freud: The Letters of James and Alix Strachey, 1924-25. He is also editor of Freud: A Collection of Critical Essays. He received his B.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale.

What do you do best?

Reach people emotionally and intellectually.

What makes you the best?

This is not my call.

What are your aspirations?

Writing and speaking well and connecting deeply with others.

Biggest success:

Joining in both my life and my work the presumably distinct worlds of high and pop culture by showing that they are continuous rather than at odds.

Most challenging moment:

Learning to live with the challenge of epilepsy.

Favorite motto:

"Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven" (Milton's Paradise Lost).

Favorite people:

"The vast hosts of the dead" (Joyce's Dubliners).

Favorite places:

New York and Los Angeles.

Favorite products:

I require an endorsement deal to answer this question lol.

Current passions:

Work and love.