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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