Pulphead: Essays

Pulphead: Essays

John Jeremiah Sullivan


A New York Times extraordinary ebook for 2011
One of Entertainment Weekly's most sensible 10 Nonfiction Books of the yr 2011
A Time Magazine most sensible 10 Nonfiction e-book of 2011
A Boston Globe most sensible Nonfiction ebook of 2011

One of Library Journal's top Books of 2011


A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane travel of America's cultural landscape―from excessive to low to under low―by the award-winning younger big name of the literary nonfiction world.

In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exciting travel of our well known, unpopular, and from time to time thoroughly forgotten tradition. at the same time channeling the gonzo power of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and perception of Joan Didion, Sullivan indicates us―with a laidback, erudite Southern allure that is all his own―how we actually (no, particularly) dwell now.

In his local Kentucky, Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century polymath genius who concocted a dense, fantastical prehistory of the hot international. again nowa days, Sullivan takes us to the Ozarks for a Christian rock pageant; to Florida to satisfy the alumni and straggling refugees of MTV's Real international, who've generated their very own self-perpetuating economic system of youngster megastar; and all around the South at the path of the blues. he is taking us to Indiana to enquire the youth of Michael Jackson and Axl Rose after which to the Gulf Coast within the wake of Katrina―and again back as its citizens confront the BP oil spill.

Gradually, a unifying narrative emerges, a narrative approximately this kingdom that we have now by no means heard advised this manner. it really is like a fun-house hall-of-mirrors travel: Sullivan exhibits us who we're in methods we've got by no means alleged to be actual. after all we do not comprehend even if to chortle or cry whilst confronted with this reflection―it's our inevitable sob-guffaws that attest to the ability of Sullivan's work.

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