I Just Hitched in from the Coast: The Ed McClanahan Reader

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Counterpoint, Nov 1, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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This rollicking collection—personally selected by the author (in collaboration with his editor Tom Marksbury)—gathers the best of Ed McClanahan’s work, making it a must-have for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Comprised of fourteen works, I Just Hitched in from the Coast is an admixture of fiction and non-fiction, memoir and imagination. It includes such classics as “Fondelle, or: The Whore with a Heart of Gold,” and the wry essay “The Day the Lampshades Breathed,” chronicling McClanahan’s time in the 1960s.

In “The Essentials of Western Civilization,” McClanahan imagines the affairs of Assistant Professor Harrison B. Eastep, MA, of Arbuckle State in Oregon, and of the gradual erosion of his dedication to academia. Weaving together Vietnam, rock and roll, a lackluster counterculture past, and the Great Plague of London, this is storytelling at its best by a master of the craft.

The foremost stylist of the Yippie generation, McClanahan writes with bemused affection. He parlays his Southern sensibilities and California experiences with a mastery of language, to tantalize his readers with musings that are absurd, whimsical, outrageous, and, in the words of one reviewer, “wickedly sharp.”
 

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Contents

THE WHORE WITH A HEART OF GOLD
THE DAY
JUANITA ANDTHE
A MISDEMEANOR AGAINST NATURE
THE ESSENTIALS OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION
GREAT MOMENTS IN SPORTS
KEN KESEY JEAN GENET THEREVOLUTION ETMOI
CONGRESS OF WONDERS
DROWNINGIN THE LANDOF SKYBLUE WATERS
FURTHURMORE
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Ed McClanahan is the author of several books, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, two Yaddo Fellowships, and an Al Smith Fellowship. He and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky.

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