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  • n  someone who is neither a highbrow nor a lowbrow

  • If Pirates III can be said to have an emotional center oops, sorry, how did that bit of middlebrow critical jargon worm its way into this context? it has to do with father .
  • His tone is perfectly middlebrow, which has made him irresistible to the wine-and-cheese lovers of the self-consciously sensible center.
  • The advent of the long-playing record allowed millions of people to enjoy the middlebrow shtick of Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, and videocassette recorders brought the raunchy .
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  • Superman Doesn’t Have to Be Dull
    Comic-book movies are packed with CGI flash and make a bazillion dollars at the box office, but let’s face it: compared to the low-brow pulp insanity from which they sprung, these films make up a middlebrow, predictable genre. Some may be done with more flair and wit than others (The ... More »
    June 14, 2013 - Vulture

  • Virginia Woolf in Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)
    If any human being, man, woman, dog, cat or half-crushed worm dares call me 'middlebrow,'wrote Virginia Woolf in an unsent letter to the editor of The New Statesman, "I will take my pen and stab him, dead."
  • Michael Gow in The Australian
    This is not as superficial as Art, which was really a play championing the middlebrow where the men were charming in a pathetic way,Gow says. "No one is charming in this play. The more we worked on it, the more we discovered it was like...
  • Will Self in guardian.co.uk
    A lower-middlebrow novelist who has just enough sophistication to be able to convince her readership they are getting an upper-middlebrow product,said Will Self.

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