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Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Jul 18, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

I found this to be quite the interesting collection of essays. Some of them feel a bit dated (as essay collections often are), but all demonstrate Sullivan's unique perspective. Sullivan has a real knack for character, particularly slightly eccentric characters, as demonstrated in the opening essay on the Creation Christian rock festival, the 18th Century French naturalist/American emigre, and the fringe biologist with outside-the-mainstream views on animal-on-human violence. Sullivan deftly weaves in his own experiences and presuppositions in a manner that reveals much without drowning out the story - I'm thinking again of the opening essay on Creation, "Upon This Rock," and of his personal experience with one of the last Agrarians, "Mr. Lytle." Parts of this are laugh-out-loud funny, and others sad and poignant. (I haven't read a better tribute to Michael Jackson.)
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