Utopia's Debris: Selected Essays

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Gary Indiana is one of America’s leading cultural critics—a public intellectual who has written key essays on every aspect of American culture. Utopia’s Debris comprises selections of his very best work, revealing him to be an enormously acute, frequently scabrous, and always brilliant observer of the best and worst America has to offer.

His writings range from popular culture—trash novels, architectural wonders and horrors—to appreciations of the best of modern literature, art,...

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Overview

Gary Indiana is one of America’s leading cultural critics—a public intellectual who has written key essays on every aspect of American culture. Utopia’s Debris comprises selections of his very best work, revealing him to be an enormously acute, frequently scabrous, and always brilliant observer of the best and worst America has to offer.

His writings range from popular culture—trash novels, architectural wonders and horrors—to appreciations of the best of modern literature, art, and cinema. They include his convincing (and highly entertaining) debunking of fashionable conspiracy theories, a spirited and contrarian defense of Bill Clinton’s autobiography, a Mencken-like examination of the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the politics of celebrity in what Indiana calls the Age of Contempt.

A postmodern Emerson, Indiana wields scalpel-sharp wit and a fealty to logic on issues in which, all too often, irrationalism and emotionalism hold sway. At times rigorously serious, at other times whimsical, Indiana’s most conspicuous feature is skepticism—his wildly satirical contempt for conventional wisdom.

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While Indiana might not be as well known as his namesake city, his reputation is growing. In a career spanning 25 years he has published 32 books and has been described as a "postmodern Emerson." It is hard to pin him down and fit him into one area of specialization. As a member of a new generation of public intellectuals, he brings a fresh and unpredictable response to a variety of topics: art, film, literature, politics, and social issues. This new work is a sequel, of sorts, to Let It Bleed: Essays, 1985-1995 and contains articles published since 1996 in the London Review of Books, Artforum, and the Village Voice, among others. Highlights from these pieces include appreciations of Susan Sontag and the writer/director Gavin Lambert, a dissection of Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise to power, and a long reflection on Wittgenstein's house. He writes about the Black Dahlia case in Los Angeles and tips his hat to the novel Valley of the Dolls. He is outraged by Robert McNamara's lack of remorse over the Vietnam War yet casts a sympathetic eye on Leni Riefenstahl's career. Indiana provides a true service in championing lesser-known writers and artists as well, such as Mary Woronov, Curzio Malaparte, Clive Piercy, and Barbara Kruger. An excellent introduction to the work of a unique talent; recommended for academic and large public libraries.
—Thomas A. Karel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465002481
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Indiana is the author of thirty-two books, including Do Everything in the Dark, Depraved Indifference, Rent Boy, Resentment, Let It Bleed, and Andy Warhol and the Can that Sold the World. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Desertshore

Barbara Kruger: The War at Home 3

Kindergarten Governor 9

Murdering the Dead 17

Pretty Vacant 23

Gavin Lambert (1924-2005): The Goodbye Person 27

Pt. II The Infernal Evidence

Even Cowboys Get the Blues 39

The Madness of the Day 45

Testosterone Express 51

Homicide Can Be Such a Drag 55

About Mary Woronov 61

Daniel Schmid's La Paloma 65

William Seward Burroughs (1914-1997) 69

That Awful Mess at the Governor's Mansion 77

Pt. III Surrealisms and the Power of Emotion

Of Caroline Blackwood 89

Wurlitzer's Wiles 99

Bulle Ogier, Phenomenon Without a Pause 111

Cunning, Exile, Contingency 121

Germany Inside Him: Rainer Fassbinder and the Spell of Dystopia 131

Vienna III, Kundmanngasse 19 137

Major Motifs 165

Curzio Malaparte 171

Conjuror of St. Germain 183

Emmanuel Carrere's Counterfeiters 191

Pt. IV And the Fog Comes Rolling In

The Excremental Republic 207

Uberdolls 215

The Gearworks of Doom 219

Don't Buy Us With Sorry After Burning Down the Barn 227

Sublime Pariah: Celine's Voyages into the Whirlwind 233

Amnesia and Its Double 249

Blame It On Brio 253

No Such Thing as Paranoia 259

Pt. V Utopia's Debris

Barbet Schroeders Terror's Advocate 277

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) 285

Robert Bresson: Hidden in Plain Sight 291

Simenon l'Incroyable 295

Weill, Brecht, Mahagonny 299

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