Author(s): Martin Amis
With mixed feelings of wonder and trepidation, the brilliant British writer Martin Amis approaches America and introduces this sharp and thoroughly stimulating collection of "American" pieces. From Claus von Bulow to the New Evangelists, little escapes Amis' curiosity.
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.
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.