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Adler, Renata (Author) & Wolff, Michael (Contributor)

Published by New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2015
ISBN 10: 1590178793 / ISBN 13: 9781590178799
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Title: AFTER THE TALL TIMBER: COLLECTED NONFICTION ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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1st Printing. Signed. 520 pages. Published in 2015. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the greatest literary collections of its kind ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents, in one handsome volume and after a long, self-imposed silence, Renata Adler's "After The Tall Timber". "What is really going on here? For decades, Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, distrusted the accepted wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. Like many journalists, she has put herself in harm's way in order to give us the news, not the 'news' we have become accustomed to - celebrity journalism, conventional wisdom, received ideas - but the actual story, an account unfettered by ideology or consensus. She has been unafraid to speak up when too many other writers have joined the pack. With a brilliant literary and legal mind, Adler parses power by analyzing language: The language of courts, of journalists, of political figures, of the man on the street. In doing so, she unravels the tangled narratives that pass for the resolution of scandal and finds the threads that others miss, the ones that explain what really is going on here" (Publisher's blurb). Renata Adler is THE media critic of our time, the preeminent critic of modern journalism and The Media, whose power, as it has grown, has become not accountable to anyone, is often exercised irresponsibly, and is finally as corrupt, if not more so, as the powers-that-be. Her withering criticism of former New Yorker colleague, the late film critic Pauline Kael, among other individual pieces in this indispensable collection, must be seen in the same context as "Reckless Disregard" (1986) and "Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker" (1999) : They are Adler's indictment of media power and its corruption. An absolute "must-have" title for Renata Adler collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Renata Adler. She signed on top of the page, making it even more prominent. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. Adler launched the book, with a one-time-appearance, in New York City only. Throughout her career, Adler did not really do (and seemed averse to) public signings. More recently, she has also struggled with arthritis, making signed copies of any of her books virtually impossible to obtain. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RENATA ADLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1590178793. Bookseller Inventory # 19613

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Synopsis: What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and long-form journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, distrusted the accepted wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Adler reported on civil rights from Selma, Alabama; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment inquiry and Congress; on cultural life in Cuba. She has also written about cultural matters in the United States, films (as chief film critic for The New York Times), books, politics, television, and pop music. Like many journalists, she has put herself in harm?s way in order to give us the news, not the ?news? we have become accustomed to?celebrity journalism, conventional wisdom, received ideas?but the actual story, an account unfettered by ideology or consensus. She has been unafraid to speak up when too many other writers have joined the pack. In this sense, Adler is one of the few independent journalists writing in America today.

This collection of Adler?s nonfiction draws on Toward a Radical Middle (a selection of her earliest New Yorker pieces), A Year in the Dark (her film reviews), and Canaries in the Mineshaft (a selection of essays on politics and media), and also includes uncollected work from the past two decades. The more recent pieces are concerned with, in her words, ?misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and, to a degree, the journalist?s role in it.? With a brilliant literary and legal mind, Adler parses power by analyzing language: the language of courts, of journalists, of political figures, of the man on the street. In doing so, she unravels the tangled narratives that pass for the resolution of scandal and finds the threads that others miss, the ones that explain what really is going on here?from the Watergate scandal, to the ?preposterous? Kenneth Starr report submitted to the House during the Clinton impeachment inquiry, to the plagiarism and fabrication scandal of the former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. And she writes extensively about the Supreme Court and the power of its rulings, including its fateful decision in Bush v. Gore.

Product Description: For decades, Renata Adler?s writing has upheld and defined the highest standards of investigative journalism. A staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Adler has reported on civil rights from Selma, Alabama; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment inquiry and Congress. She has also written about cultural matters, films (as chief film critic for The New York Times), books, politics, and pop music. Like many journalists, she has put herself in harm?s way in order to give us the news, not the ?news? we have become accustomed to?celebrity journalism, conventional wisdom, received ideas?but the actual story, an account unfettered by ideology or consensus. The peril that Adler places herself in comes specifically from speaking up (on the basis of careful research, common sense, original thought) when too many other writers have joined the pack. In this most basic and moral sense, Adler is one of the few independent journalists writing in America today.
 
This collection of Adler?s nonfiction draws on her early essays, reporting, and criticism, which describe the major crises and hopeful turmoil of the 1960s, and more recent pieces concerned with, in her words, ?misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and the journalist?s role in it.? Also included are writings on film, television, and music, and several uncollected essays on Jayson Blair and the Times, and the Supreme Court?s decision in Bush v. Gore. Adler has written a new introduction that provides an invaluable and long-overdue assessment of our culture today from one of its foremost chroniclers.

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