Hollywood & God

Hollywood & God

by Robert Polito


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Hollywood & God is a virtuosic performance, filled with crossings back and forth from cinematic chiaroscuro to a kind of unsettling desperation and disturbing—even lurid—hallucination. From the Baltimore Catechism to the great noir films of the last century to today’s Elvis impersonators and Paris Hilton (an impersonator of a different sort), Robert Polito tracks the snares, abrasions, and hijinks of personal identities in our society of the spectacle, a place where who we say we are, and who (we think) we think we are fade in and out of consciousness, like flickers of light dancing tantalizingly on the silver screen. Mixing lyric and essay, collage and narrative, memoir and invention, Hollywood & God is an audacious book, as contemporary as it is historical, as sly and witty as it is devastatingly serious.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226103655
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 06/19/2013
Series: Phoenix Poets Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Robert Polito is president of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. He is the author of Doubles, also published by the University of Chicago Press. He was director of the New School Graduate Writing Program, and he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his biography of novelist Jim Thompson, Savage Art


Table of Contents


Hollywood Hills

Barbara Payton: A Memoir

Paris Hilton Calls on Jesus

Two or Three Dreams About . . .

Mike the Winger

Please Refrain From Talking During The Movie

Overheard in the Love Hotel

New York School

Three Horse Operas

What a Friend

Deep Deuce

The Harrowing of Dorchester


Shooting Star

Sister Elvis

Pacific Coast Highway

Spicy Detective

Riding with the King

The Great Awakening

Last Seen

Hollywood & God



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