Skeptical Essays

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Literary Nonfiction. Cultural Studies. A heavyweight confronting sanctified elephants, the impossibly prolific anarchist and libertarian cultural critic targets, with dead-on accuracy and quotable wit, Andy Warhol, Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, Barack Obama, Dubya and his sidekicks, Susan Sontag, The New York Times Book Review, Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Victims of Literary Bullying, Pushcart Prize anthologies, The Readers' Catalog, the New York Yankees, ...
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Overview


Literary Nonfiction. Cultural Studies. A heavyweight confronting sanctified elephants, the impossibly prolific anarchist and libertarian cultural critic targets, with dead-on accuracy and quotable wit, Andy Warhol, Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, Barack Obama, Dubya and his sidekicks, Susan Sontag, The New York Times Book Review, Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Victims of Literary Bullying, Pushcart Prize anthologies, The Readers' Catalog, the New York Yankees, Idiot-Identifiers, Manuscript Filchers, Literary Correspondence, Paul Muldoon, scores more, often slash and burn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570272127
  • Publisher: Autonomedia
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz's work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, NNDB.com, Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction: Rejected by Contemporary Authors 13

Individuals

Three Mysteries of Barack Obama 21

Barack Obama & David Patterson 22

Remembering Jack Kemp 23

Susan Sontag 24

Karl Kraus 28

Arnold Rampersad's Ralph Ellison 30

James Laughlin 38

Charles Bernstein Thrice 42

Paul Muldoon & Archibald MacLeish 48

Start with "Acknowledgments" 50

Read Harold Bloom's Book from Its Back 50

Thomas Sowell Farblundget 51

Five Most Overrated Recent Writers 53

The NET's Andy Warhol 54

Where Did All the Warhols Go? 55

Scorsese's Rolling Stones 56

Bush's Buffoon 58

The Jewish (?) Sarah Palin 58

Sarah Palin & William E. Miller 60

Fidel's Scheming 61

Another Look at Fidel's Cuba 62

Fidel & Pope John Paul 62

A Spectacle Lost, Alas 63

FDR & Linc & Woody 63

That %$#@&% Bernie Madoff 64

Institutions

The New York Times Book Review 71

Bloomberg Beats The NY Times 74

Poetry, Ltd. 74

The "Decline" of The New Yorker 75

Doubting The New Yorker Again, Alas 76

Neither "Highbrow" nor "Lowbrow" 79

What Hath Rupert Murdoch Bought? 80

Kinds of Literary Magazines 81

Suburban Scarsdale and Its High School Remembered 83

Brown University, Fifty Years Later 87

Trickiness at NEA-Literature 109

Reconsidering "Genius" Grants 110

Shadowing the American Academy of Arts & Letters 111

The Not-So-New New Criterion 113

Caveat Emptor: The Reader's Catalog 115

The Fate of 1960s Libertarian Writing 117

Victims of Literary Bullying 120

Wikipedia Intelligence 122

Errors

The Osama bin Ladin Myth 131

False Identification 132

Everyone's Police Problem 132

The Epitome of a Garbled Anthology 133

Letters, No; Annotations, Sí 135

Ilan Stavans' Insufficiences 137

New York Poems Diminished 139

Stylistic Differences 140

The Illusion of Expertise 142

Music Performance at BAM 145

The Great American Bullchippers 146

Checkout-Counter Censorship 150

Manuscript-Filchers 151

Chatter 153

Beware of Handlers' Chumps 154

Nothing 159

All Wrong about Lower Manhattan 159

Rejection Replies 163

Issues

Why Not Again? 175

The End of State-Jiggled Capitalism 175

"Change?" 176

Corporate Comeuppance 176

Lawyer Limitations 177

The Function of an Idiot-Identifier 178

Hidden Intelligence 179

A Minority's Minorities 182

Dada in Paris 184

Thoughts on Being Plagiarized (Sort of) 186

Dubya's Planning His Retirement 188

Beginning "The Silly Season" Too Early 188

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul Together 189

Vote Third Party 190

Supporting the Writers' Strike 190

Dubious Is Still Dubious 190

Loud Is Loud 190

Remembering New York's Lower East Side 191

Drugs Are Only Wheaties 191

Double Agents 192

Doubting Most Predictions 192

"Racism" 193

Immigrants Validate America 193

Free Don Meinshausen 194

Racism Persists in America 194

The Dalai Lama and the Pope 195

Sarkozy & Obama 195

Speed Freaking 195

The People-Pleasing Professions 195

Opera Stars Resemble Baseballers 196

More on Illhumoracy 196

No "Immigration Problem" Here? 197

Two Paths to Disappointment 198

Adopting Off-the-Books 198

David Horowitz's Lousy Jokes 199

Who? Me? 199

Whose North Korea? 199

Why Such an Anomaly? 200

The Fragility of Capitalism 200

Free-Market Solutions 201

Managing One's Money 201

Self-Snookered 202

The War on Standards 202

Four Truths for Our Time 203

Telling the Truth 204

Codas

Resurrecting My Past 207

More Unfinished Business 210

RK Regrets 220

Selective Index of Proper Names 221

About the Author 228

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