This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is a copiously illustrated collection of essays by multiple authors, including Aleksa Celebonovic, Clement Greenberg, Hermann Broch, Ludwig Giesz, John McHale, Karl Pawek, Lotte Eisner, Ugo Volli, Vittorio Gregotti, and Gillo Dorfles. Though the pictures are somewhat annoying, the essays are truly thought-provoking, especially the one by Hermann Broch.
In "Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste," Dorfles and the essayists probe into the psychological cravings for kitsch, and offer some disturbing conclusions. Film, tourism, art, religion, politics, and pornography are covered in the selections.
This is a book to which I turn, time and again, when I feel overwhelmed by the tasteless tides of popular culture.