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AFTER THE TALL TIMBER: COLLECTED NONFICTION - Rare Autographed Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed by Renata Adler - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

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

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ISBN 10: 1590178793 / ISBN 13: 9781590178799
Published by New York City, NY: New York Review Of Books, 2015
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1st Printing. Signed. 520 pages. Published in 2015. Retrospective collection of essays. One of the best literary collections of its kind ever published in our time. 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. "Signed By Author" white sticker pasted in front. Presents, in one handsome volume and after a long, self-imposed silence, Renata Adler's "After The Tall Timber". A masterly retrospective of her singular career of the one writer who foresaw the rise of "fake news". "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 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 American power and its corruption. An absolute "must-have" title for Renata Adler collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-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. This title is a great collection. 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. Please note: 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. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RENATA ADLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1590178793. Bookseller Inventory # 19613

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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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What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency.  As a staff writer at The New Yorker. Adler reported on civil rights from Selma, Alabama; the wars in Biafra, and the Middle East; the Nixon impeachment inquiry; cultural life in Cuba. She also reported on politics and culture in the United States, films (as chief film critic for The New York Times), books,  television,  pop music, the press. She has taken risks 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, when too many other writers have joined the pack. 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.". Adler brilliantly 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 --from the Watergate scandal, to the "preposterous" Kenneth Starr report during the Clinton impeachment inquiry, and the story of then New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. She writes brilliantly too about the Supreme Court and the power of its rulings, including its fateful decision in Bush v. Gore.

The Best Books of 2015 (So Far). Two years after the reappearance in print of her novels Speedboat and Pitch Dark, Adler has returned again as a reporter, essayist, and critic --- one of the best we've had on all three fronts. ... and the truth is, though she's been near-silent for some time, she only ever got better. - Christian Lorentzen, New York Magazine (July 23, 2015)

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"The wonderfully funny, acute Renata Adler is almost as good an essayist as a novelist ... It doesn't mean much to say that Renata Adler's journalism isn't quite as interesting as her novels --- almost nothing is as interesting as Renata Adler's novels. ... If Adler has an heir it might be someone like the recently retired TV satirist Jon Stewart, who shares both her moral wryness and love for America. Perhaps the real loss is that nobody quite this careful is paying attention." --- Daniel Swift, Spectator, UK; 
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" It is Adler's sort of death's-head wit that makes her such a visionary reporter -- in the Letter from Biafra, for example: "Suddenly a shrieking, giggling band of of eleven young men and three boys passed through the market, as though carried away by some enervating, mocking joke. These were some of the 'artillery cases' one sees all over Biafra, people claiming some local variety of shell shock and traveling always in packs." The "enervating, mocking joke" here -- if we listen for it --- is the failure of the UN to prevent or arrest a genocide, and beyond that the "sheer, bitterly comic ugliness of human suffering."  "If Adler were a man ... would she be one of the boys ---celebrated and honored as a journalist-hero in the popular mind? With the electricity of her prose, I think she would. The publication of After the Tall Timber may move her closer in, or place a seal upon her exile. Either way, she'll be proved right."--- Barnes & Noble Review.Review
"Ladies and gentlemen, Renata Adler is back! It feels momentous and just plain correct that we now have After the Tall Timber, a new collection of Adler's nonfiction, "--Abby Aguirre, Vogue
"One of the last essays in the book is, hilariously. about Bush v. Gore. Remember that? What a time in our shared heritage. ...  I can't stop thinking about these sentences, both their meaning and their structure. Because she is so right about something we've all experienced but so rarely name. ... Last week I mentioned that I was reading the new collection of Renata Adler's essays. Now I'm going to mention it again, because the entire book is so fucking good. You have to read it. --- Haley Mlotek, The Hairpin

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