Pulphead: Essays

Pulphead: Essays Author John Jeremiah Sullivan
ISBN-10 0374532907
ISBN-13 9780374532901
Year 2011-10-25
Pages 369
Language English
Publisher FSG Originals
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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 One of Entertainment Weekly s Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011One of Library Journal s Best Books of 2011 A sharp eyed uniquely humane tour of America s cultural landscapefrom high to low to lower than lowby the award winning young star of the literary nonfiction world In Pulphead John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular unpopular and at times completely forgotten culture Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion Sullivan shows uswith a laidback erudite Southern charm that s all his ownhow we really no really live now In his native Kentucky Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque a nineteenth century polymath genius who concocted a dense fantastical prehistory of the New World Back in modern times Sullivan takes us to the Ozarks for a Christian rock festival to Florida to meet the alumni and straggling refugees of MTV s Real World who ve generated their own self perpetuating economy of minor celebrity and all across the South on the trail of the blues He takes us to Indiana to investigate the formative years of Michael Jackson and Axl Rose and then to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Katrinaand back again as its residents confront the BP oil spill Gradually a unifying narrative emerges a story about this country that we ve never heard told this way It s like a fun house hall of mirrors tour Sullivan shows us who we are in ways we ve never imagined to be true Of course we don t know whether to laugh or cry when faced with this reflectionit s our inevitable sob guffaws that attest to the power of Sullivan s work

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