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Pulphead

Essays
Sullivan, John Jeremiah (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape--from high to low to lower than low. 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 us--with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that's all his own--how we 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 Katrina--and 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Sullivan, John Jeremiah, 1974-
Title: Pulphead
essays
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Jeremiah Sullivan
Contents: Upon this rock
Feet in smoke
Mr. Lytle : an essay
At a shelter (after Katrina)
Getting down to what is really real
Michael
The final comeback of Axl Rose
American grotesque
La·Hwi·Ne·Ski : career of an eccentric naturalist
Unnamed caves
Unknown bards
The last wailer
Violence of the lambs
Peyton's place
Summary: "A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape--from high to low to lower than low. 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 us--with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that's all his own--how we 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 Katrina--and 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."-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0374532907
9780374532901
Branch Call Number: 814.6 S9499p 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Popular culture American influences
Topical Term: Popular culture
LCCN: 2011024875
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Sep 05, 2012
  • Malinshe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book. There were only a few essays that didnt grab me as much, but on the whole they sucked me in!

Jul 16, 2012
  • annafaraday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Highly recommend this collection of essays.

Fascinating and hilarious and evocative and surprising.

Mar 12, 2012
  • austinmurphy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked the first two essays, but when he started writing about Axl Rose and the cast of "The Real World", I yawned and moved on.

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