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The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America By Martin Amis

The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America
by Martin Amis

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A collection of essays on America by the author of "London Fields", "The Rachel Papers" and "Money".
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The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America Summary

The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis

A collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields, Money and Yellow Dog.

At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America. As an adult he has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles, and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion makers, leaders and crackpots with characteristic discernment and wit.

Included in a gallery of Great American Novelists are Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Paul Theroux, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again Christians. We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each couple tries to out-Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus von Bulow. Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma, whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner's sybaritic fortress and sanitised image are penetrated.

There can be little that escapes the eye of Martin Amis when his curiosity leads him to a subject, and America has found in him a superlative chronicler.

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About Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of 13 novels, the memoir Experience, two collections of stories, and six nonfiction books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Saul Bellow and the moronic inferno; the killings in Atlanta; the case of Claus von Bulow; Truman Capote - knowing everybody; Philip Roth - no satisfaction; Elvis Presley - he did it his way; Diana Trilling at Claremont Avenue; Norman Mailer - the avenger and the bitch; Palm Beach - don't you love it?; Brain De Palma - the movie brute; here's Ronnie - on the road with Reagan; Mr Vidal - unpatriotic Gore; too much monkey business - the new evangelical right; Vidal v. Falwell; Joseph Heller, Giantslayer; Newspeak at Vanity Fair; Kurt Vonnegut - after the Slaughterhouse; Gloria Steinem and the feminist utopia; William Burroughs - the bad bits; Steven Spielberg - boyish wonder; John Updike - Rabbitland and Bechville; Joan Didion's style; in Hefnerland; Paul Theroux's enthusiasms; gay Talese - sex-affirmative; double jeopardy - making sense of AIDS; Saul Bellow in Chicago.

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The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis
Martin Amis
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