Pulphead: Essays

Pulphead: Essays

John Jeremiah Sullivan


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

One of Library Journal's most sensible Books of 2011


A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane travel of America's cultural landscape―from excessive to low to less than low―by the award-winning younger famous person 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 appeal that is all his own―how we actually (no, particularly) stay now.

In his local Kentucky, Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century polymath genius who concocted a dense, fantastical prehistory of the recent international. again nowa days, Sullivan takes us to the Ozarks for a Christian rock competition; to Florida to fulfill the alumni and straggling refugees of MTV's Real international, who've generated their very own self-perpetuating economic climate of stripling famous person; and all around the South at the path of the blues. he is taking us to Indiana to enquire the adolescence 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 nation that we've got by no means heard instructed this fashion. it is like a fun-house hall-of-mirrors journey: Sullivan indicates us who we're in methods now we have by no means speculated to be actual. after all we do not comprehend no matter if to snort or cry while confronted with this reflection―it's our inevitable sob-guffaws that attest to the ability of Sullivan's work.

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