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Nine combative essays exploring the terrain where history, culture and politics meet -- and ignite. Topics include Randy Newman's controversial album "Good Old Boys," the American "culture wars," how George Lucas pillaged literary science fiction for his "Star Wars" films, the careers of Jacob Bronowski, Kenneth Fearing and Gore Vidal, and Charles Mingus' collaboration wit ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published September 22nd 2014 by Black Angel Press
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Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
Let the Devil Speak is one of the most astounding collections of essays I have ever read. It covers politics and music, right through to journalism and literature. The way Hart writes is a joy, and I honestly think that everyone in the world should be made to read this.

The opening essay, "He May be a Fool, But He's Our Fool" was certainly a strong way to open. It's shocking how relevant an essay on the making of Randy Newman's album "Good Old Boys" could be in shining a light on the current poli
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J.D.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Smart, witty, acerbic essays about American culture, literature, and music. The book's real tour de force is the first chapter, "He May Be a Fool, But He's Our Fool", which proceeds from a curious juxtaposition between two cultural events: racist Georgia Governor Lester Maddox' contentious appearance on the "Dick Cavett Show" and Randy Newman's seminal 1974 album "Good Old Boys." Newman had often said that the Maddox appearance, where Newman felt the Governor was treated unfairly, was the inspir ...more
Richard
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
You will have a truly irresistible desire to listen to Randy Newman after reading "He may be a fool, but he's our fool". I don't think there can be higher praise for an essay.

The rest of the entries are consistently incisive, with the pieces in the Iraq war as stand outs.
Chris J
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think Hart was at his best as an essayist. His vision was clear, but even better, he had the right words to describe what he saw. Hart worked at his craft. Favorite: He May Be a Fool, But He's Our Fool.
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