Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 1, 2003 - Literary Collections - 192 pages
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Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody is a collection of five extended essays that appeared in The New Yorker from 1978 to 1986. In the tradition of A. J. Liebling and Joseph Mitchell, Frazier raises journalism to high literary art. His vivid stories showcase a strange and wonderful parade of American life, from portraits of Heloise, the syndicated household-hints columnist, and Jim Deren, the urban fly-fisher's guru, to small-town residents in western Kansas preparing to celebrate a historic, mutual massacre, to which they invite the Cheyenne Indians' descendants with the promise of free bowling.

 

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Frazier is a reporter's reporter who makes you wish you'd said that in this collection of five articles published in the New Yorker since 1979. In "Bear News'' he wants to know what bears smell like ... Read full review

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Preface
vii
Authentic Accounts of Massacres 1979
3
An Angler at Heart 1982
29
Nobody Better Better Than Nobody 1983
77
Bear News 1985
119
Komar and Melamid 1986
151
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Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, On the Rez, Family, Coyote v. Acme, and most recently The Fish's Eye. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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