Utopia's Debris: Selected Essays

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Basic Books, Nov 11, 2008 - Literary Collections - 360 pages
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Gary Indiana is one of America's leading cultural critics—a public intellectual who has written key essays on every aspect of American culture. Utopia's Debris comprises selections of his very best work, revealing him to be an enormously acute, frequently scabrous, and always brilliant observer of the best and worst America has to offer.

His writings range from popular culture—trash novels, architectural wonders and horrors—to appreciations of the best of modern literature, art, and cinema. They include his convincing (and highly entertaining) debunking of fashionable conspiracy theories, a spirited and contrarian defense of Bill Clinton's autobiography, a Mencken-like examination of the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the politics of celebrity in what Indiana calls the Age of Contempt.

A postmodern Emerson, Indiana wields scalpel-sharp wit and a fealty to logic on issues in which, all too often, irrationalism and emotionalism hold sway. At times rigorously serious, at other times whimsical, Indiana's most conspicuous feature is skepticism—his wildly satirical contempt for conventional wisdom.

 

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While Indiana might not be as well known as his namesake city, his reputation is growing. In a career spanning 25 years he has published 32 books and has been described as a "postmodern Emerson." It ... Read full review

Contents

The War at Home
3
Kindergarten Governor
9
Murdering the Dead
17
Pretty Vacant
23
Even Cowboys Get the Blues
39
The Madness of the Day
45
Testosterone Express
51
About Mary Woronov
61
Vienna III Kundmanngasse 19
137
Major Motifs
165
Curzio Malaparte
171
Conjuror of St Germain
183
The Excremental Republic
207
Überdolls
215
Dont Buy Us With Sorry After Burning Down the Barn
227
Célines Voyages into the Whirlwind
233

William Seward Burroughs 19141997
69
That Awful Mess at the Governors Mansion 3 4
77
Of Caroline Blackwood
89
Wurlitzers Wiles
99
Bulle Ogier Phenomenon Without a Pause
111
Cunning Exile Contingency
121
Rainer Fassbinder and the Spell of Dystopia
131
Amnesia and Its Double
249
Barbet Schroeders Terrors Advocate
277
Susan Sontag 19332004
285
Hidden in Plain Sight
291
Weill Brecht Mahagonny
299
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Gary Indiana is the author of thirty-two books, including Do Everything in the Dark, Depraved Indifference, Rent Boy, Resentment, Let It Bleed, and Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World. He lives in New York City.

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