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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Blood Horses books One evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. 'I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was ... just beauty, you know?'John Jeremiah Sullivan didn't know, not really, but he spent two years finding out, journeying from prehistoric caves to the Kentucky Derby. The result is Blood Horses, a wise, humorous and often beautiful memoir exploring the relationship between man and horse and the relationship between a sportswriters son and his late father.

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Pulphead

John Jeremiah SullivanA New York Times Notable Book for 2011
One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011
A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011
A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011

One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011


A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape—from high to low to lower than low—by the award-winning young star of the literary nonfiction world.

In Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan takes us on an exhilarating tour of our popular, unpopular, and at times completely forgotten culture. Simultaneously channeling the gonzo energy of Hunter S. Thompson and the wit and insight of Joan Didion, Sullivan shows us—with a laidback, erudite Southern charm that's all his own—how we really (no, really) live now.

In his native Kentucky, Sullivan introduces us to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century polymath genius who concocted a dense, fantastical prehistory of the New World. Back in modern times, Sullivan takes us to the Ozarks for a Christian rock festival; to Florida to meet the alumni and straggling refugees of MTV's Real World, who've generated their own self-perpetuating economy of minor celebrity; and all across the South on the trail of the blues. He takes us to Indiana to investigate the formative years of Michael Jackson and Axl Rose and then to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Katrina—and back again as its residents confront the BP oil spill.

Gradually, a unifying narrative emerges, a story about this country that we've never heard told this way. It's like a fun-house hall-of-mirrors tour: Sullivan shows us who we are in ways we've never imagined to be true. Of course we don't know whether to laugh or cry when faced with this reflection—it's our inevitable sob-guffaws that attest to the power of Sullivan's work.

The Best American Essays 2014

John Jeremiah Sullivan & Robert Atwan“A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating.” — Publishers Weekly

The Best American Essays 2014 is selected and introduced by John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of  the critically acclaimed essay collection Pulphead. The New York Times placed Sullivan “among the best young nonfiction writers in English” and the New York Times Book Review heralded Pulphead as “the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”

Blood Horses

John Jeremiah SullivanOne evening late in his life, veteran sportswriter Mike Sullivan was asked by his son what he remembered best from his three decades in the press box. The answer came as a surprise. "I was at Secretariat's Derby, in '73. That was . . . just beauty, you know?"

Sullivan didn't know, not really: the track had always been a place his father disappeared to once a year on business, a source of souvenir glasses and inscrutable passions in his Kentucky relatives. But in 2000, Sullivan, an editor and essayist for Harper's, decided to educate himself. He spent two years following the horse-both across the country, as he watched one season's juvenile crop prepare for the Triple Crown, and through time, as he tracked the animal's constant evolution in literature and art, from the ponies that appeared on the walls of European caves 30,000 years ago, to the mounts that carried the Indo-European language to the edges of the Old World, to the finely tuned but fragile yearlings that are auctioned off for millions of dollars apiece every spring and fall.

The result is a witty, encyclopedic, and in the end profound meditation on what Edwin Muir called our "long-lost archaic companionship" with the horse. Incorporating elements of memoir and reportage, the Wunderkammer and the picture gallery, Blood Horses lets us see--as we have never seen before--the animal that, more than any other, made us who we are.

Pulphead

John Jeremiah SullivanComo si de un tour se tratara, Sullivan nos lleva de viaje por la cara más desconocida de su país. Viajamos a Indiana para investigar los años de formación de Michael Jackson y Axl Rose; pasamos unos días en el festival de rock cristiano más grande del mundo en las Ozarks, en Missouri; visitamos un refugio de la Cruz Roja en Nueva Orleans poco después del paso del Katrina, y nos adentramos en la "cueva sin nombre número uno" (llamada así por los arqueólogos a fin de evitar el pillaje) para admirar las pinturas de los pueblos nativos del Mississippi.
Conjugando la energía gonzo de Hunter S. Thompson, la agudeza de David Foster Wallace y el ingenio y la perspicacia de Joan Didion, Sullivan construye una radiografía de la sociedad norteamericana del siglo xxi.

«Su honestidad compulsiva y su prosa salvajemente inteligente recuerdan la obra de maestros norteamericanos del Nuevo Periodismo como Hunter S. Thompson y Tom Wolfe.» Time Magazine

«Pulphead es lamejor y más importante colección de artículos desde "Algo supuestamente divertido que nunca volveré a hacer" de David Foster Wallace.» The New York Times Book Review

«Un talento en auge que merece ser leído y alentado es el de John Jeremiah Sullivan [...]. Pulphead es una de las colecciones de ensayos más apasionante de las publicadas en los últimos años.» Larry McMurtry, Harper's Magazine

«Pulphead reafirma a Sullivan como uno de los mejores ensayistas de su generación.»
Bookforum

«John Jeremiah Sullivan, tal y como yo lo veo, puede ser el mejor ensayista de su generación. [...] Es lo más parecido a Tom Wolfe de lo que tenemos ahora mismo, y eso incluyendo a Tom Wolfe.»  Lev Grossman , Time

Americani

John Jeremiah SullivanLo sbocciare del talento di Michael Jackson e il crepuscolo di un anziano scrittore del Sud. L’uragano Katrina e un weekend a Disney World con l’intera famiglia. Questo è un vero viaggio americano, ma in un’America nuova e diversa.
«La più importante raccolta di saggi e reportage dall’uscita di Una cosa divertente che non farò mai più di David Foster Wallace. La scrittura di Sullivan è una coerente e sorprendente miscela di erudizione e colore locale, di linguaggio biblico e popolare» (The New York Times Book Review).

Pulphead

John Jeremiah SullivanLire les chroniques de Pulphead, c’est grimper à bord d’un camping-car de neuf mètres de long pour rejoindre les ados d’un festival de rock chrétien. C’est dormir sous le même toit qu’un vieux fou, le dernier des Agrarians, chef de file des écrivains du sud des États-Unis. S’interroger sur l’art en sifflant des cocktails dans une boîte branchée aux côtés du Miz, star de la téléréalité. Croiser la solitude de Michael Jackson ou celle des sans-abris après Katrina. C’est se demander pourquoi Axl Rose, né au milieu de nulle part, est devenu Axl Rose, le chanteur des Guns N’Roses. Se frayer un chemin dans une manifestation pour protester contre la réforme du système de santé américain. C’est, dans la fumée jamaïquaine, à Kingston, distinguer les dreadlocks de Bunny Wailer, l’unique survivant du groupe de Bob Marley. S’enfoncer dans des grottes du Tennessee à la recherche des origines de l’homme. C’est aussi écouter en boucle un blues des années 30, pour essayer de retrouver, malgré le disque rayé, un mot inaudible perdu quelque part dans l’histoire.

En quatorze chroniques détonantes, John Jeremiah Sullivan décline sa quête de l’identité américaine, fouillant dans les entrailles de sa culture pop, scientifique, underground ou littéraire pour répondre à des questions universelles : Qui sommes-nous ? De quoi sommes-nous faits ?

Si sa plume l’élève au rang des hérauts du nouveau journalisme, John Jeremiah Sullivan a su trouver son propre regard, dans lequel l’intelligence, la curiosité et le charme le disputent à une bienveillance stupéfiante pour ses contemporains.
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