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The Last Innocent White Man in America : And Other Writings - John Leonard

The Last Innocent White Man in America

And Other Writings

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Published: 1st April 1993
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John Leonard is one of America's wittiest and most incisive cultural critics. You've cherished his writings in publications as diverse as The Nation, New York Newsday, and New York Magazine, and you've tuned in with millions of other Americans to his weekly commentary as media critic on CBS Sunday Morning. Now you can read his collected essays in The Last Innocent White Man in America, his latest collection of criticism.
Here you'll find assessments on an array of subjects - from America's fear and loathing of the Sixties to Nixon's secret love affair with Elvis; from the Reagan gerontocracy's "theology of greed" to the Gulf War "turkey shoot"; from riots in Los Angeles to "ethnic cleansing" at the Republican Convention in Houston; from censorship and homelessness to career assessments of writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Gunter Grass.
Far more than simple political commentary, The Last Innocent White Man in America is a passionate marriage of politics and literature which transcends the daily headlines to get at how we imagine ourselves in history. And whether he's writing about bankers or AIDS, Congress or television, Salman Rushdie or Ed Koch, Leonard will make you stop, think, and laugh.
His essays, says Charles Kuralt, "full of metaphors and allusions, always leave me dazzled." He is, according to William F. Buckley, Jr., "the funniest writer in America, the hottest epigrammatist in the language, with prose as rich as Rimsky-Korsakov," Leonard himself is an unrepentant liberal, dissident, scourge and media critic par excellence.

"[Leonard's] range, lyricism, depth, brilliance and writing gigs . . . will excite the mind of anyone who likes a depth and mental agility in what they read." --Birmingham Post-Herald

Introduction: An Explanation of What Follows
The World, The Flesh and The Devil
The Day of the Locust: The Burning of Los Angelesp. 1
The Blame Game: We Might As Well Be Haitiansp. 6
The Curse of the "Resting" Classesp. 10
Betsy Ross Meets Staggerleep. 13
Rip Van Winkle Meets Calibanp. 15
Who Will Tell the Children?p. 19
Invasion of the Cyberpunksp. 22
The Imperial City: Rewriting New Yorkp. 27
The Way We Arep. 27
Vanitiesp. 29
The "Delirious Professions"...Fear...(and)...Shoesp. 30
There Are More Than Three Worldsp. 33
Making Fifth Avenue Safe for Our Only Mayorp. 38
Crazy Eddie Sweeps the Streetsp. 38
Rooting for the Titanicp. 39
The Iguana That Ate Chryslerp. 42
Heidegger in New Yorkp. 44
Censorship: The Angels and the Axp. 45
Where We Go to Talk About Censorshipp. 45
What I Told Them, Being Piousp. 47
What I Didn't Tell Them, Being Ambivalentp. 54
Recovering from the Sixties: Heroes, Criminals and Iconic Clownsp. 58
Chicago '68: Tales of the Hoffmansp. 58
Tricky Dick and Elvisp. 63
Dr. King, Who Made Connections and Wavesp. 68
Kissinger Laughsp. 70
Allen Ginsberg, Angel-Headed Hipsterp. 72
Kissinger Again, That China Cardp. 75
Is Abbie Hoffman Really Dead?p. 77
Studs Terkel, a Wired Diogenesp. 79
Abbie Again, the Long Good-Byep. 82
The Golden Age of Izzy Stonep. 84
Hunter S. Thompson, Duke of Despairp. 85
Captain Kangaroo in Courtp. 87
Nancy Reagan, Ugly Ducklingp. 90
Country-and-Western Ghostwritersp. 91
Election '88: Let's Not Talk About Itp. 93
Do We Gotta Have Hart?p. 93
The "L" Wordp. 95
Gary Reduxp. 98
Jackson for President - The Kiss of Deathp. 99
Despairing of Dukep. 102
The Turkey Shootp. 104
Gulf War (1): Send Quaylep. 104
Gulf War (2): Bloody Farcep. 106
Gulf War (3): Glitterdomep. 108
Gulf War (4): Whatever Happened to Civilization?p. 110
Gulf War (5): How to Love an Arabp. 112
Gulf War (6): The Software in the Systemp. 114
Taking Back the Nightp. 116
Buchanan Knows What He Doesn't Likep. 118
Patterns and Ghostsp. 121
Graham Greene Forgives Kim Philby, But I Hold a Grudgep. 123
1992: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trailp. 125
If Mario Doesn't Run, the Rest of Us May Have Top. 125
The Women Are Restlessp. 128
Madison Square Garden: The Pillsbury Doughboys Go to a Sun Dancep. 130
The Republicans in Houston, with Kali and Gilgameshp. 140
Book World
At War and Peace on the Home Frontp. 149
Toni Morrison: She Can Give You Dreamsp. 149
Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Innocent White Man in Americap. 165
Don DeLillo: Who Killed John F. Kennedy? (The CIA)p. 173
Maxine Hong Kingston: Buddha in Berkeleyp. 179
Norman Mailer: The Trouble with Harryp. 185
E.L. Doclorow: Boy Gangsterp. 198
Thomas Pynchon: Down Among the Thanaloidsp. 205
Robert Stone: Jonah in the Whalep. 213
Mary McCarthy, R.I.P.p. 225
Hemingway's Womenp. 227
Other Voices, Other Roomsp. 233
Gabriel Garcia Marquez versus Simon Bolivarp. 233
Salman Rushdie: Two Brown Men, Falling Hardp. 249
The Hit Menp. 257
Gunter Grass: Bad Boys and Fairy Talesp. 260
Milan Kundera Wants to Be Immortalp. 274
Jean-Paul Sartre: Problematic Pillheadp. 283
Wole Soyinka: A Garden of Too Many Culturesp. 289
Doris Lessing Returns from Outer Spacep. 292
Sad Sam Beckettp. 295
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ISBN: 9781565840720
ISBN-10: 1565840720
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 297
Published: 1st April 1993
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1