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Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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Dec 11, 2011

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bookshelves: essays, ebook
Read from June 01 to July 19, 2012

Highs and lows: some essays were quite brilliant, and others did nothing for me. That seems to be the nature of every essay collection I read, but this one felt particularly uneven. The bookend essays - those few at the beginning and end of the collection were my favorites.

Sullivan does his best writing when he engages the reader with personal stories - that's what drew me in. I really enjoyed his camp out with the evangelicals at the Creation music festival, as well as the story of his brother's electrocution and rehabilitation. I really enjoyed his meetings with Bunny Wailer in Trench Town.

The strongest essay, and my favorite of the whole lot was "Violence of the Lambs" at the end of the book. As Sullivan looks into the future of humanity, he researches a tangential topic of animal attacks on humans and throws in facts and a good dose of existentialism. Very worth the read.

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22.0% "Enjoying this book of essays; Sullivan is a good storyteller."
30.0% "Short hiatus from this one, and now I am back..."
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