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I JUST HITCHED IN FROM THE COAST: THE ED MCCLANAHAN READER (AUTHOR SIGNED)

McClanahan, Ed

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ISBN 10: 1582437580 / ISBN 13: 9781582437583
Published by Counterpoint, 2011
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Title: I JUST HITCHED IN FROM THE COAST: THE ED ...

Publisher: Counterpoint

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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This rollicking collection personally selected by the author (in collaboration with his editor Tom Marksbury) gathers the best of Ed McClanahan’s work, making it a must-have for both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Comprised of fourteen works, I Just Hitched in from the Coast is an admixture of fiction and non-fiction, memoir and imagination. It includes such classics as Fondelle, or: The Whore with a Heart of Gold,” and the wry essay The Day the Lampshades Breathed,” chronicling McClanahan’s time in the 1960s.

In The Essentials of Western Civilization,” McClanahan imagines the affairs of Assistant Professor Harrison B. Eastep, MA, of Arbuckle State in Oregon, and of the gradual erosion of his dedication to academia. Weaving together Vietnam, rock and roll, a lackluster counterculture past, and the Great Plague of London, this is storytelling at its best by a master of the craft.

The foremost stylist of the Yippie generation, McClanahan writes with bemused affection. He parlays his Southern sensibilities and California experiences with a mastery of language, to tantalize his readers with musings that are absurd, whimsical, outrageous, and, in the words of one reviewer, wickedly sharp.”

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McClanahan’s name isn’t widely known, but those who are familiar with him know that he is a master of comic fiction and humorous essays. This new collection of previously published writing collects some of each. Among the highlights are McClanahan’s 2002 memoir, “Fondelle; or, The Whore with a Heart of Gold”; the short stories“Juanita and the Frog Prince” (in which the author writes in the voice of the prince: “now she’s went and got herself pragnent”) and “The Essentials of Western Fiction” (with characters including college president August L. Shitemeister, young Dr. Toddle, and Dr. Nelson R. Peckler, head of the history department); and the author’s tribute to his good friend, Ken Kesey, called “Ken Kesey, Jean Genet, the Revolution, et Moi.” Readers familiar with Kesey and Jack Kerouac will be on solid ground here—though McClanahan’s writing isn’t quite so aggressively stream-of-consciousness. Counterculture icons are a vanishing breed, so it’s good to find one of them still going strong and thoroughly crazy after all these years. --David Pitt

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