Serpents in the Garden: Liaisons with Culture & Sex

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The latest in the award-winning Counterpunch series detonates an explosion of voracious, opinionated and witty fireworks on the unexpected intersections of politics, art, music, architecture and sex.

In addition to 13 essays by Cockburn and St. Clair—dissecting everything from Angelina Jolie’s connections to sex, death and the French Revolution to their famous “best books of the last 100 years.” Serpents in the Garden showcases essays from the nation’s most exciting and radical ...

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Overview

The latest in the award-winning Counterpunch series detonates an explosion of voracious, opinionated and witty fireworks on the unexpected intersections of politics, art, music, architecture and sex.

In addition to 13 essays by Cockburn and St. Clair—dissecting everything from Angelina Jolie’s connections to sex, death and the French Revolution to their famous “best books of the last 100 years.” Serpents in the Garden showcases essays from the nation’s most exciting and radical cultural critics—including music historian Bruce Jackson, historian Peter Linebaugh, Lenni Brenner, scriptwriter Ben Tripp, blues pianist David Vest, sex therapist Susan Block, JoAnn Wypijewski, folklorist Susan Davis, Ron Jacobs, Susan Martinez and Andrew Cockburn.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902593944
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated national columnist, whose work appears regularly in the Nation, NY Free Press, and LA Times, amongst others. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he is the editor of the online journal Alexander Cockburn is co-editor of the online journal Counterpunch and has authored and edited numerous books, including the best-selling Whiteout.

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Table of Contents

By way of an introduction : the best books of the twentieth century
Culture 1
Milk-bars, Hollywood and the march of empires 3
Jolene : on the line in Detroit 13
The butterfly has landed 23
Binti Jua's family values 31
Take two hits and call me in the morning 35
Hitler on Buchanan 41
The incomplete, true, authentic and wonderful history of May Day 45
Music 63
From gospel to the birth of soul : Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers 65
From Birmingham to Nashville : the making of Tammy Wynette 79
How Dylan found his voice : Big Joe Williams, the East Village, Peyote and the forging of Dylan's art 85
The myth of Newport '65 : it wasn't Bob Dylan They Were booing 91
Seduced by a legend : the return of Jimmy T99 Nelson 99
A conversation with the blues : the music of Big Bill Broonzy 113
Waylon Jennings, 1937-2002 : an honest outlaw 117
Mr. Big Stuff, Alan Lomax : great white hunter or thief, plagiarist and bigot? 121
The story of death row records 125
By the hand of the father 131
Ken Burns doesn't really like music 135
Did the CIA poison Paul Robeson? 141
Art and architecture 145
The jackboot of Dada : Salvador Dali, fascist 147
Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 151
Freud's house 167
Flesh and its discontents : the paintings of Lucian Freud 177
The rich and their castles in Spain, part I : Mizner in Florida 187
Brett Weston : a natural eye 197
The rich and their castles in Spain, part II : Hearst and Morgan in California 209
Usonian utopias : Frank Lloyd Wright, low-cost housing and the FBI 219
The World Trade Towers : an architecture of doom and dread 233
Proposal for a landscape of learning 237
Ripley's world 241
Sex 249
Love button 251
Eros meets civilization : Gershon Legman confronts the post office 253
Prison bitch : nothing funny about it 271
Pee Wee, Townshend and Ritter 277
Unsafe at any speed : youth, sex and the heresies of Judith Levine 281
It's a sex thing 285
Covering justice : Ashcroft's breast fetish 291
Angelina Jolie and the French Revolution 295
A visit to the Kinsey Institute 301
Let them perfect love-making 309
The hoofprints of Lucifer 315
Death 323
Ted's spell 325
Edward said, dead at 67 331
A note on the cover 337
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