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Pulphead: Essays (Paperback)

by John Jeremiah Sullivan

What We're Reading 0

From haikus to a macroeconomic treatise on American industrialism – with lots of novels and story collections in between, of course – here's what we're reading.

Living Clichéd Lives: On Hollywood Biopics 15

Maybe the problem is that musicians keep living clichéd lives that can’t be made into anything but clichéd movies.

Down in the Oedipal Mud: On Kent Russell’s ‘I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son’ 13

Kent Russell, like John Jeremiah Sullivan, never adopts the let’s-laugh-at-the-Clampetts pose common to inferior writers of inferior non-fiction.

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 8

I took Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan on my summer vacation, and nothing will ever be the same.

Is This Really Real Life? Christopher Beha's Arts & Entertainments 2

Eddie, the main character, no longer wants to be a protagonist. He simply wants to no longer feel like a failure, which is a pretty good definition of adulthood at this moment.

New JJS on the Way 2

I Feel Expository 4

"The old songs are so easily lost." 0

A Year in Reading: Michael Robbins 2

It’s hilarious and sad and all the usual things we say a work of literature is when we mean it seems to contain all of life.

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 1

It’s the sort of book that turns you into an evangelist, in an almost embarrassing way, like, reaching into your purse to wave a copy in peoples’ faces when someone casually mentions, “I hear you’re writing about cricket?”

John Jeremiah Sullivan Visits Cuba 0

It's cool, he senses the danger of genius 0

The Millions Top Ten: June 2012 1

With four books graduating to our Half of Fame, we have a new number one, three debuts and one returning title on our list.

The Millions Top Ten: May 2012 2

A Millions favorite debuts on the list, and big changes are afoot next month.

The Millions Top Ten: April 2012 0

With four books graduating to our Hall of Fame, we have a new number one, and four new books on our list.

The Bathrobe Era: What the Death of Print Newspapers Means for Writers 22

We are creating a generation of riff artists, who see their job not as creating wholly new original projects but as commenting upon cultural artifacts that already exist.

The Riches of White Trash 12

Are poor rural white people really neglected in American literature? Hardly. They might be routinely scorned, marginalized, misunderstood, and reduced to caricature, but they’re not neglected. In fact, the canon is larded with writers who’ve put the riches of white trash culture to wondrous use.

The Millions Top Ten: March 2012 0

Murakami returns to the top spot, but a shake-up is coming next month.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2012 3

A new number one ousts Murakami, and a novella debuts.

“My name is Geoff Dyer and I endorse this.” 0

The Millions Top Ten: January 2012 0

No new books were able to break in this month, but a couple were making strong moves higher on the list.

2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced 2

As we've noted in the past, the NBCC seems to do a better job of catching the zeitgeist than other major prizes like the National Book Award and the Booker, which like to play kingmaker by annointing less well known titles.

Staff Pick: John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead 16

Every word I say or write about John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead turns instantly to mush. Yes, he's that good.

The Millions Top Ten: December 2011 0

Four eclectic debuts for our final list of 2011.

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 4

Behold: a museum of my failures, an atlas of incompletion, a tour of the ruins of a future that never came. I call it "Reviews I Did Not Write This Year."

Wood on JJS 0

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 0

This year I read a book that was so good it gave me that sick-sweet feeling of envy-awe when I finished the last page. Damn, I thought, I wish I’d written that!

A Year in Reading: Nick Moran 11

I wanted to dislike this book. The point is that I went into this book hating it. I was proven so, so wrong.

John Jeremiah Sullivan on Essays 0

Guns N' Roses N' Meth 0

Seriously, Read This Book 0

John Jeremiah Sullivan Reads 0