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Pulphead: Essays
Contributor(s): Sullivan, John Jeremiah
ISBN: 0374532907     ISBN-13: 9780374532901
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
    OUR PRICE: $14.40  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2011
Annotation: "A collection of nonfiction essays"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.; bisacsh
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Collections | Essays
- Social Science | Popular Culture
Dewey: 080
LCCN: 2011024875
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.00" W x 1.25" (0.60 lbs) 369 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>
John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQ, Harper's Magazine, and Oxford American, and is the author of Blood Horses. Sullivan lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 July #4)

The age-old strangeness of American pop culture gets dissected with hilarious and revelatory precision in these scintillating essays. Whiting Award–winning critic and journalist Sullivan (Blood Horses) surveys 10,000 years of intriguing, inexplicable, and incorrigible socio-aesthetic phenomena, from the ancient Indian cave paintings of Tennessee (and their hillbilly admirers) to the takeover of his Wilmington, N.C., house by the teen soap opera One Tree Hill. Along the way he visits a Christian rock festival brimming with fellowship and frog-devouring savagery; witnesses the collapse of civilization in a post-Katrina gas line; hangs out in the professional-partying demimonde of MTV's RealWorld; marches with exuberant Tea Partiers; scouts the animal kingdom's gathering war on mankind; and traces the rise of rocker Axl Rose from his origins as a weedy adolescent punk in the small-town void of central Indiana. Sullivan views this landscape with love, horror, and fascination, finding the intricate intellectual substructures underlying the banalities, the graceful in the grotesque, the constellations of meaning that fans discern amid the random twinklings of stars. Sullivan writes an extraordinary prose that's stuffed with off-beat insight gleaned from rapt, appalled observations and suffused with a hang-dog charm. The result is an arresting take on the American imagination. (Nov.)

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