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Description - Utopia's Debris by Gary Indiana

Gary Indiana is one of Americas leading cultural critics-a public intellectual who has written key essays on every aspect of American culture. Utopias 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 Clintons 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, Indianas most conspicuous feature is skepticism-his wildly satirical contempt for conventional wisdom.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465002481
ISBN-10: 046500248X
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gary Indiana

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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