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Pulphead: Notes from the Other Side of America
 
 

Pulphead: Notes from the Other Side of America [Kindle Edition]

John Jeremiah Sullivan
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“Sullivan seems able to do almost anything, to work in any register, and not just within a single piece but often in the span of a single paragraph…Pulphead is the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again…Sullivan’s writing is a bizarrely coherent, novel, and generous pastiche of the biblical, the demotic, the regionally gusty and the erudite.” —The New York Times Book Review

[Pulphead is] a big and sustaining pile of—as I’ve heard it put about certain people’s fried chicken—crunchy goodness . . . What’s impressive about Pulphead is the way these disparate essays cohere into a memoirlike whole. The putty that binds them together is Mr. Sullivan’s steady and unhurried voice. Reading him, I felt the way Mr. Sullivan does while listening to a Bunny Wailer song called ‘Let Him Go.’ That is, I felt ‘like a puck on an air-hockey table that’s been switched on.’ Like well-made songs, his essays don’t just have strong verses and choruses but bridges, too, unexpected bits that make subtle harmonic connections . . . The book has its grotesques, for sure. But they are genuine and appear here in a way that put me in mind of one of Flannery O’Connor’s indelible utterances. ‘Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks,’ O’Connor said, 'I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.’” —The New York Times

“Sullivan’s essays have won two National Magazine Awards, and here his omnivorous intellect analyzes Michael Jackson, Christian rock, post-Katrina New Orleans, Axl Rose and the obscure 19th century naturalist Constantine Rafinesque. His compulsive honesty and wildly intelligent prose recall the work of American masters of New Journalism like Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.” —Time

“Sullivan’s essays stay with you, like good short stories—and like accomplished short fiction, they often will, over time, reveal a fuller meaning . . . Whether he ponders the legacy of a long-dead French scientist or the unlikely cultural trajectory of Christian rock, Sullivan imbues his narrative subjects with a broader urgency reminiscent of other great practitioners of the essay-profile, such as New Yorker writers Joseph Mitchell and A. J. Liebling or Gay Talese during his ’60s Esquire heyday . . . [Pulphead] reinforces [Sullivan’s] standing as among the best of his generation’s essayists.” —Bookforum

“[The essays in Pulphead are] among the liveliest magazine features written by anyone in the past 10 years . . . What they have in common, though, whether low or high of brow, is their author's essential curiosity about the world, his eye for the perfect detail, and his great good humor in revealing both his subjects' and his own foibles . . . a collection that shows why Sullivan might be the best magazine writer around.” —NPR

“One ascendant talent who deserves to be widely read and encouraged is John Jeremiah Sullivan . . . Pulphead is one of the most involving collections of essays to appear in many a year.” —Larry McMurtry, Harper’s Magazine

“Each beautifully crafted essay in John Jeremiah Sullivan's collection Pulphead is a self-contained world…Sullivan's masterful essays invite an honest confrontation with reality, especially when considered in light of one another….Pulphead compels its readers to consider each as an equal sum in the bizarre arithmetic of American identity . . . [Sullivan is] as red-hot a writer as they come.” —BookPage

The age-old strangeness of American pop culture gets dissected with hilarious and revelatory precision…Sullivan writes an extraordinary prose that's stuffed with off-beat insight gleaned from rapt, appalled observations and suffused with a hang-dog charm. The result is an arresting take on the American imagination.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

 

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A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape - from high to low to lower than low - by the award-winning young star of the literary world

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Von Laura
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Ein amüsantes und anregendes Buch über das Amerika von heute - und das von gestern, der Autor erzählt auch Michael Jacksons Biographie kurz nochmal.

Wer Skandale und Enthüllungen erwartet, wird enttäuscht sein: Das sind "einfach nur" unterhaltende, subjektive Stories von den Beobachtungen eines jungen Autors mit sehr gutem, unaufdringlichem Schreibstil in den USA. Er nähert sich seinen Untersuchungsgegenständen so offen, dass man beinahe Angst hat, er könnte verletzt werden, und nimmt dadurch dem Leser gleich so manches Vorurteil. Manche der Geschichten erfüllen den voyeuristischen Anspruch, den man als europäischer Leser vielleicht hat, ansatzweise (z.B.: Wie geht es auf einem gigantischen Musikfestival für Hardcorechristen zu?), andere befriedigen einfach den Lesegenuss (Mr. Lytle) oder sind etwas für Fans (Axl Rose).
Wenn er also dem Mythos Amerika auf den Grund geht, dann nicht im Sinne von: ich blättere euch alles hin, was ihr sowieso schon in der Zeitung lest (von Tea Party bis XXL-Getränkebecher), auch wenn darin vielleicht die Erwartungen der europäischen Leser liegen.

Stattdessen erschließt sich die amerikanische Seele subtil und wie in Puzzleteilen und glücklicherweise ist sie dann eben auch mehr, als das Klischee-Amerikabild hergibt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Streckenweise ähnlich wie David Foster Wallace 24. Juli 2013
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Ich habe das Buch gekauft, weil ich gelesen hatte, dass JJS ähnlich schreibt wie DFW. Dies ist tatsächlich der Fall, streckenweise. Wer also so wie ich unter DFW-Entzug leidet, dem werden einige Paragraphen in diesem Buch Abhilfe schaffen. Im Grossen und Ganzen ist DFW aber besser. Schade für JJS, dass mein Hirn ihn immer mit DFW vergleicht, und nicht um seinetwillen geniessen kann. Trotzdem 5 Sterne, da Essays dieser Art viel zu selten sind.
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Von tomcla
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Great read, providing a great insight to American diversity and spirit. Sullivan's is an accomplished story teller at the highest level. His observations are frequently humerus but always show depth and compassion
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Notsogood 23. November 2012
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Nach der Ankündigung in der Presse, dass es sich bei diesem Buch um ein außergewöhnliches Buch handle, habe ich diese Sammlung von Episoden bestellt, Leider wurde ich enttäuscht, denn nach der Lektüre der ersten "Abenteuer" habe ich das Buch nicht mehr weiter gelesen. Wenn bei den ersten Rezensionen geschrieben wurde, dass es sich bei diesem Autor um einen über den Tellerrand hinausschauenden Amerikaner hndelt, kann ich dies nicht bestätigen. Ich fand die ersten Kapitel nur langweilig und kann auf keinen Fall eine Empfehlung aussprechen. Meiner Meinung gilt für dieses Buch - wie für viele Neuerscheinungen -, dass es besser nicht geschrieben worden wäre.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful, thoughtful, funny essays 30. Oktober 2011
Von A reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For years, I've been reading John Jeremiah Sullivan's essays in GQ, the Paris Review, and other publications with pleasure and admiration. Now his pieces have been collected in one handy paperback, and re-reading them reminds me that he's simply one of the most wonderful writers working today, in any genre. His voice is funny and informed, but also warm and personal and empathetic. He sees his subjects with great compassion; one of the great surprises of his essays is the way that he goes deep below the surface when writing about pop phenomenon (such as Michael Jackson or the cast of The Real World) that the rest of us might be quick to dismiss. Sullivan is also a master of the short-form memoir. His essay "Mr. Lytle" is a heartbreaking portrait of a literary mentor that is also about intergenerational friendship, sexuality, the South, and so many other things. "Pulphead" is a delight.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Virtuoso writer, leveling collection 29. Oktober 2011
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A writer of such ghastly intelligence, my own brain feels almost palsied by comparison. I would mind, but anyone who can produce such a fierce, incisive wit while managing not to take cheap pot-shots at One Tree Hill deserves those National Magazine Awards. I've used these essays in the classroom, to get friends, to remind myself what how good writing can be.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of a Kind 1. November 2011
Von George Stoyonovich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book has received a lot of notice in the past week from influential sources. Sullivan's name gets put into sentences with Tom Wolfe, Hunter Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. However, I find those comparisons lacking. Sullivan's got something in his voice that sets him apart from those guys, something that might be a willingness to go vulnerable, and to mount a prodigious intellect on top of that willingness. True curiosity requires it. Wolfe, Thompson, and DFW didn't have it so much, as far as I can tell, although they did have tremendous merits. Bob Dylan, as great as he is, and as much as I love his work, doesn't have it. In 50 years since Dylan first appeared, has a female writer ever written anything of import about Dylan? In the terrific Bob Dylan Reader there's only one piece by a woman, a brief inconsequential piece by Joyce Carol Oates.

So much of the popularity of Wolfe, Thompson, DFW, and Dylan is male wish-fulfillment, and those four artists knew it. Sullivan may know it, but his work doesn't show it. I don't remember any strong, supportive pieces about Wolfe, Thompson, or DFW by women, either. I'm not a Sullivan scholar, but I check out most of the literary outlets fairly regularly and I know that the influential blogger Maud Newton is a vocal supporter of Sullivan's.

It will be interesting to see what Sullivan produces over the next twenty years. He could emerge as the most significant writer of the time, somebody I'd put in a sentence with Didion, Sebald, Berger, McPhee, and Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Genius and Kindness 21. November 2011
Von Dmitry Portnoy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In "Pulphead" John Jeremiah Sullivan has written the funniest book by Chuck Klosterman, the sunniest book by David Foster Wallace, and the literary follow-up to Bob Dylan's "The Basement Tapes." Does his sounding like other writers mean he has a less than unique voice of his own? Perhaps. But that is a byproduct of what Keats called "negative capability:" being more interested in the the subjects of one's essays than in oneself. There will be plenty of time for self-exploration in what I hope will be many other books. Right now, Sullivan values elegance over quirkiness, clarity over color. And each time he trains his Swarovzski-sniper-(in)sight at his targets, he shoots bullets of pure love, if anything reserving even more understanding and sympathy for the infamous. These essays are a demonstration of how the vinegar of genius when stirred into the milk of human kindness and aged in the dark cave of the soul yields an inexhaustible variety of tastes and textures. Each piece here surprises and one-ups its predecessor. And oh, the erudition. In these pages one reads that Auden said "all art results from humiliation" and also that elephants regularly rape rhinoceroses. Unless Sullivan is making this up. He might be: he is an ingenious, adroit, admitted liar. But even his lies reveal the truth. This book is a nexus where the soiled and tangled roots of American myth meet the unreality of our media culture with the contradictory braided reflectiveness of an Escher engraving. As a Southern epic-comic social critic, Sullivan has not yet scaled the heights of Twain or John Kennedy Toole, but has already far surpassed Tom Wolfe. Hurry up with that novel, but for God's sake, don't kill yourself over it. Even if you never equal this collection, it will be good enough.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best collection of essays this year 9. Dezember 2011
Von K. Thomas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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You do not have to be Southern to appreciate how good Sullivan's writing is.

I'm not a GQ or Paris Review reader so I didn't know of Sullivan until I read a rave of this collection in the NYT Book Review. It was spot-on. The essays range from LOL funny (one about an MTV Real World "celebrity" milking his 15 minutes; one about trying to interview Axl Rose, but getting his childhood friend instead; and parts of the Bunny Wailer profile, esp about buying him great ganja) to jaw-dropping (animals are attacking humans like never before!) to tender (post-Katrina New Orleans interviews and observations; RIP Andrew Lytle and even... Michael Jackson).

I hope he sells so many books that he'll never have to rent his house to bad CW soaps again.
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