Narcissism is still alive and well in American culture. Here is the opening paragraph of Lee Siegel’s recent piece in the New York Times Book Review.
In “Game Change,” the recent tell-all book about the 2008 presidential campaign, the authors blame John Edwards’s narcissism for his downfall and describe Bill Clinton as a “narcissist on an epic scale.” Do a Google search on “Tiger Woods” and “narcissist” and you get tens of thousands of references. Try it with the Salahis and you get thousands more. Rush Limbaugh calls President Obama a narcissist, it seems, every 24 hours, while a writer on The Huffington Post recently declared that “advanced stages of narcissism thrive on the Right these days.”
We need Lasch more than ever. That is why Eric Miller’s forthcoming biography of Lasch, Hope in a Scattering Time, is so timely.