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Critical Mass

Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Wolcott, James (Book - 2013)
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"From his early seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock 'n roll, movies, and television, to the literary criticism of the eighties and nineties that made him both feared and famous, to his must-read reports on the cultural weather for Vanity Fair, James Wolcott has had a career as a freelance critic and an intellectual nearly unique in our time. This collection features the best of Wolcott in whatever guise-connoisseur, intrepid reporter, memoirist, and, occasionally, hit man-he has chosen to take on. The result is a treasure trove of sparkling, high-octane prose and a portrait of our life and cultural times over the past four decades"--
Authors: Wolcott, James, 1952-
Uniform Title: Prose works. Selections
Title: Critical mass
four decades of essays, reviews, hand grenades, and hurrahs
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2013]
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: xi, 491 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Introduction
Talking furniture. O.K. Corral revisited
Liv and let die: Scenes from a marriage
Hartman is the best thing about Lear
Stanley Siegel: Jack Paar in the age of est
The vindication of Vanessa Redgrave: Playing for time
The crane-shot that captured Christmas: SCTV
Potter's reel: The singing detective
Designing couple: Designing women
"X" factor: The X-files
Prime time's graduation
Comedians. Who's laughing now?: is stand-up comedy dead on its feet?
Late night : What keeps Johnny on top? Insincereity! ; Johnny, we hardly knew ye ; The swivel throne ; Letterman unbound ; Great Carson's ghost!
Jerry Lewis: last tuxedo standing
Christopher Guest: mystery guest
Mort Sahl: Mort the Knife
Punk, pop, rock. Patti x two : Patti Smith: mustang rising ; Tarantula meets mustang: Dylan calls on Patti Smith
The Ramones: chord killers
A conservative impulse in the new rock underground
Lou Reed rising
John Cale refuses to die
Richard Hell comes in spurts
Johnny Rotten x two : Kiss me, you fool: Sex Pistols 77 ; Rotten and Vicious: Rotten, John Lydon
The Noise Boys: Lester Bangs and Richard Meltzer
The Bollocks: Please kill me, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The lives of Albert Goldman
When they were kings: The Rat Pack
Movies. French fries and sympathy: Diner
Your flick of flicks: My favorite year
Brian De Palma x three : The Godfather goes slumming: Scarface ; Double trouble: Body double ; De Palma and the women
Of vice and Mann
Sam Peckinpah: slay 'em again, Sam
A fistful of Woodys : The great white Woody: Broadway Danny Rose ; Liquid shimmer: Purple Rose of Cairo ; Upper West Side story: Hannah and her sisters ; How green was my Woody
Death and the master: Alfred Hitchcock
New York noir
The executioners
Rock Hudson and Doris Day: lovers come back
From fear to eternity: The Americanization of Emily
An unforgettable face: A face in the crowd
Books, authors, critics. Knowledge is good?: the intellectual killer elite
On the ropes: Selected letters, Ernest Hemingway
Stop me before I write again: A Bloodsmoor romance, Joyce Carol Oates
Richard Ford: guns and roses
Three critics : Manny Farber's termite art ; The stand-up critic: Mudrick transcribed: classes and talks by Marvin Mudrick ; Seymour Krim: foreword to What's this cat's story?
R.I.P.: Edie: an American biography, Jean Stein
Life among the ninnies: The diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume seven (1966-1974)
Philip Larkin's enormous yes
Amis père et fils : The old devil: Difficulties with girls, Kingsley Amis ; Kingsley's ransom ; The Amis papers ; The yob that failed: Lionel Asbo: state of England, Martin Amis
Updike x three : Running on empty: Rabbit is rich ; Caretaker/Pallbearer: The widows of Eastwick ; The prince of finesse: Hugging the shore
It's still Cheever country: Cheever: a life, Blake Bailey
Ayn Rand: Rand inquisitor
Kerouac's lonesome road
Remaking it: New York days, Willie Morris ; Kafka was the rage, Anatole Broyard
The Truman show: Truman Capote, George Plimpton
William Shawn: the love bug
Norman Mailer: the Norman conquests
Bow. Wow.: Gore Vidal, Fred Kaplan
I adore your mustache: Selected letters of William Styron.
Summary: "From his early seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock 'n roll, movies, and television, to the literary criticism of the eighties and nineties that made him both feared and famous, to his must-read reports on the cultural weather for Vanity Fair, James Wolcott has had a career as a freelance critic and an intellectual nearly unique in our time. This collection features the best of Wolcott in whatever guise-connoisseur, intrepid reporter, memoirist, and, occasionally, hit man-he has chosen to take on. The result is a treasure trove of sparkling, high-octane prose and a portrait of our life and cultural times over the past four decades"--
Local Note: 6 15 53 118 172 210 243
ISBN: 9780385527798
0385527799
Statement of Responsibility: James Wolcott
Subject Headings: Criticism. Performing arts History and criticism. Music History and criticism.
Topical Term: Criticism.
Performing arts
Music
LCCN: 2013015290
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