SHORTSTOP'S SON: ESSAYS AND JOURNALISM

PHILIP, MARTIN, Martin, Philip

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Synopsis: Through these varied essays on politics, ethics, music, race, and culture Philip Martin admits "a minor obsession" with what he calls "the American Frolic" - the essential lack of seriousness with which many of us approach the questions inherent in living in a free society. He observes that Americans have been conditioned to react, not to consider; that while we are very good at ripostes and snappy comebacks, at cracking wise and looking smart, we often fail to authentically engage the issues with which we pretend to be most concerned. We inadvertently talk past one another, he says, resorting to cant and partisan boilerplate. In the essays presented in The Shortstop's Son, Philip Martin rigorously resists easy labels and rote ideological truths. He pursues more subtle meanings with a common-sense lucidity and a fundamental compassion for humanity. Whether writing about the mythos built upon Bonnie and Clyde's bullet-ridden Ford or the ignoble death and burial of blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, Martin strikes the chord that both moves and informs.

Review: "Philip Martin makes quick but deep incisions into the body cultural and politic of our nation. He is one of a handful of tough surgeons trying to resurrect this corpus in the middle-age days of our democracy. And he's funny." —Andrei Codrescu, National Public Radio

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Title: SHORTSTOP'S SON: ESSAYS AND JOURNALISM
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Publication Date: 1997
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