The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America (2020)

The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America A collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields Money and Yellow Dog At the age of ten when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton New Jersey he was excited and frightened by Ameri
  • Title: The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America
  • Author: Martin Amis
  • ISBN: 9780140127195
  • Page: 211
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  • A collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields, Money and Yellow Dog.At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America As an adult he has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles, and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion makers, leaders and crackpotsA collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields, Money and Yellow Dog.At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America As an adult he has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles, and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion makers, leaders and crackpots with characteristic discernment and wit.Included in a gallery of Great American Novelists are Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Paul Theroux, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born again Christians We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each couple tries to out Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus von Bulow Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma, whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner s sybaritic fortress and sanitised image are penetrated.There can be little that escapes the eye of Martin Amis when his curiosity leads him to a subject, and America has found in him a superlative chronicler.
    The Moronic Inferno The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to Like many sensible Americans John Adams, Mencken, Allen Bloom Amis is not quite ready to embrace the moronic inferno Saul Bellow s phrase , perhaps out of fear of being burned alive He may be horrified, but he is amused Amis s fiction is heavily influenced by American authors His favorite, Saul Bellow, has had a profound influence on him. The Moronic Inferno The Dictators Last Watch the video for The Moronic Inferno from The Dictators s D.F.F.D for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America by Martin Amis Inferno is a collection of articles Amis wrote in the late s and s for magazines and newspapers like The Guardian and The Observer It is mostly interviews and book reviews, but Amis put it together in such a way that it fits thematically. The Moronic Inferno And Other Visits to America Kindle Like many sensible Americans John Adams, Mencken, Allen Bloom Amis is not quite ready to embrace the moronic inferno Saul Bellow s phrase , perhaps out of fear of being burned alive He may be horrified, but he is amused Amis s fiction is heavily influenced by American authors His favorite, Saul Bellow, has had a profound influence on him. THE MORONIC INFERNO WordPress The Moronic Inferno in the son of stalwart Methodist parents, a fried chicken and pork chop kind of guy, miserably married, naive, ambitious and repressed, someone who connected sex with upward mobility, someone who knew just how expensive the best
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    1. God, is Martin Amis s journalism good In this first non fiction collection if we do as an embarrassed Martin would like and forget about Invasion of the Space Invaders I read it and thought it was adorable Amis tackles, as Saul Bellow deemed it, the Moronic Inferno, a.ka The United States of America In a brief introduction, our author makes no claim for the essays that follow standing as any real uniform say on the U.S but instead suggests that the reader favors the writings as brief stabs at th [...]

    2. A slim and sedulous selection of Marty s early 80s US travels His status as an author and critic has grown considerably since 1986, so this collection lacks any relevance or substance, contemporary wards, but there are good pieces Bellow, Updike, Roth, Mailer, Vonnegut, Capote, Heller They re all here And all dead Marty s non fiction output is rather thin on the ground Apart from the tremendous collection The War Against Clich we could use articles and opinions from Britain s desireable sexage [...]

    3. El novelista brit nico Martin Amis decidi hacer una especie de retrato de la sociedad norteamericana entre mediados y finales de la d cada de los 70 y 80 con una cantidad de cr nicas period sticas para diferentes revistas entre las que se encontraban Vanity Fair , The Observer y London Review of Books entre otras, con una muy variopinta selecci n de personajes p blicos y de hechos de considerable relevancia dentro de la Norteam rica de esos tiempos Siendo realmente honesto es mi primer encuentro [...]

    4. Read this before delving into the works of post Vietnam American literature Bellow survives, and the essays of Vidal, but the rest Vonnegut, Mailer, Heller, others is thin gruel indeed For me the primo, top shelf, take no prisoners essays were not the essays on US authors rather, they were the essay on Playboy and the essay on Evangelicals And these alone were worth the price Amis witty and careful dismantling of the Hefner era Playboy empire is cathartic and yet gives way to foreboding in the s [...]

    5. Although all the essays here are on American subjects, they were initially written for readers of newspapers like The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph, and thus for a British audience In that context, one would expect the essays to reflect some cultural bias indeed, insofar as Amis, a British writer, was writing for a British reader, a certain amount of cultural bias would be appropriate However, as most of the subjects Amis writes about depict some of the less flattering aspects of American cu [...]

    6. the time has come for serious i.e talented writers to be serious, without losing lyricism or laughter No novels about adolescence, career problems, sexual adventure, wounded ethnicity Why not address the mysterious circumstance of being , and say what it s like to be alive at this time, on this planet The quoted passage comes from the short essay Saul Bellow in Chicago, one of the many great pieces in Martin Amis fabulous collection The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America 1986 , in whic [...]

    7. emergenthermitAmerica is the subject of this collection of essays by the novelist, Martin Amis Oscillating between warm affection and perfectly timed quips, Amis brings us close or close enough to say something amusing to the worlds of Hugh Hefner, Brian De Palma, Gore Vidal and Gloria Steinem.Hefner gets off easy, being a relatively easy target already, as Amis says after hearing what an average day in the old guy s life is like, That s four movie s a day Norman Mailer s career, on the other ha [...]

    8. A collection of late 1970s to mid 1980s essays and book reviews about Americans and American life written for a predominantly British audience, Amis here fixes his eye on the outsized, vulgar, self mythologizing slice of American life in which money, fame, power, persona, and reputation and the desperate struggle to maintain these ephemeral things intersect, and the American populations neglected by this obsession Mostly profiles of other writers Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Kurt [...]

    9. Amis always produces remarkable literary criticism, and he offers some insight into many events from this time period the late 70s and early to mid 80s , but many of his insights are now undercut by better understanding in anthropology and evolutionary biology The book is a product of its times, and is still great reading in terms of his signature style He takes down the right wing and a few over rated hacks like Mailer and Roth, though he fails to do the same with similarly over rated authors s [...]

    10. Well, this one took a LONG time to read and that was with me skipping parts I wanted to like this book than I did After all, these United States can stand with the best of them in the moron category Amis is a good writer or, at least, I like his writing That this is a collection of articles he wrote for various publications makes for a disjointed read and, frankly, I had little or no interest in several of his subjects Saul Bellow Gore Vidal John Updike Norman Mailer Don t care The chapters on [...]

    11. The title is a misnomer as this book is than 50% reviews of books written by American authors I much enjoyed the essays, especially those on Hugh Hefner and his Playboy empire as well as Gore Vidal and Jerry Falwell Amis also delves into the AIDS crisis in 1985 It s a powerful, and early, call for sympathy, understanding, and action And a rebuke of close minded heterosexuals who see AIDS as solely a gay problem and disease Though Amis does engage in stereotyping gay men as hyper promiscuous an [...]

    12. Amis is perhaps the best wordsmith on the planet As much as I do enjoy his novels, I possibly like his nonfiction even Inferno is a collection of articles Amis wrote in the late 70s and 1980s for magazines and newspapers like The Guardian and The Observer It is mostly interviews and book reviews, but Amis put it together in such a way that it fits thematically So, you get Amis s takes on the great writers of our time Bellow, Vonnegut, Heller, Vidal, Capote, Mailer, Updike and some of the inter [...]

    13. Dated there s a chapter called making sense of Aids musings and interviews on with America by Martin Amis, mostly republished from the Observer Magazine and Vanity Fair It includes savagings of Hugh Hefner, William Burroughs, and Norman Mailer, who really comes off as a prize fucker The Steven Spielberg interview is natty, too And there s a profile of Truman Capote, whom Amis, thanks to having what we journalists like to call access, gets to interview on his sick bed I skipped the chapter on Gor [...]

    14. Amis is a literary curiosity, seemingly reviled and exalted in equal measure for his garrulous prose, but I found him to be utterly superb in this collection of journalistic pieces and literary critique Here, the tenacity of his prose is, uncannily, redoubled by the tenacity of his incisive surveillance of American culture circa the 1980s There, Amis circumnavigates a torpid ocean of surreal delights, strange fixations or fixities , to mimic Martin s amenable Amis ness and solipsistic morality o [...]

    15. Amis works best as a hired hand his wordplay continues to prance around the margins, but his often noxious biases and tired jokes are balanced by the demands of the limited word count This early volume is much enjoyable in its eclecticism, not to mention far prescient, than Visiting Mrs Nabokov, and page by page of a higher quality than The War Against Cliche I still don t understand his success as a novelist

    16. Purchased at Barking Dog Books and Art in Marietta, Ohio, on August 11th, 2006 With tax, it came to 5.35 original retail price in 1987 was 16.95 This is a Washington County Public Library copy Suggested readings The Killings in Atlanta , In Hefnerland , Double Jeopardy Making Sense of AIDS and Brian De Palma The Movie Brute well as any and all of the author profiles esp Saul Bellow.

    17. An amusing, but seriously dated, look at America and American culture Hilarious, especially if you are looking for book reviews on Vonnegut, Capote, Vidal, and Mailer Or get a different viewpoint on Claus von Bulow I finally get that Robin Williams joke or Elvis Ok, I had the same opinion of Elvis, but like I said, dated.Nothing like a witty British writer to make American culture shallow and slimy actually, pointing out the obvious shouldn t count as shocking information.

    18. The articles and stories may be from the late eighties, but Amis can write powerfully and dramatically when he wants I remembered some of the images and arguments from the Aids article from when I first read this probably twenty years ago, which is quite a testament to his reportage I m picking my way through this selection, and while I started by thinking I d read one or two articles, I m impressed with the style enough to think I might now read them all.

    19. An excellent collection of essays, reviews and articles concerning American politicians, icons, writers and filmmakers As always, Amis dazzles with stylistic tricks, sharp wit and profound insights.The best bit my used copy, signed by Amis, cost three bucks Why not address the mysterious circumstance of being, and say what it s like to be alive at this time, on this planet

    20. The book isn t terrible, but Amis just isn t as smart as he thinks he is This is or less a young writer feeling the effects of success, and it s pretty much spoiled him already The running assumption is that you care what he thinks because he thinks it I don t and Amis seem unwilling or unable to do much to persuade.

    21. Martin Amis not a Baudriallardian when it comes to the States Awe, but no gee shucks wonder, and that critical eye comes in handy when teasing insights out of the flimsiest of essay subjects, or areas where his interest is seemingly predicated by editorial dictates as opposes authorial swagger.

    22. A Brit novelist s light essays interviews on the U.S and its authors Good fun to grumble at his limey judgments and tone if you like the interviewee, or share in Amis s disdain and you re looking back at the 1980 s It is very good writing.

    23. Very uneven Pieces on Palm Beach and Norman Mailer are wonderful Other times it feels like he doesn t get American phenomena like Ronald Reagan, Joan Didion OK, not all Americans got Ronald Reagan either.

    24. I picked up this book somewhere along the way, years ago, and finally broke down and read it It s like a strange roadtrip through the early 80s by someone overly obsessed with Saul Bellow But also amusing at times.

    25. Great read If not for some of the current affair material being dated by 20 or 30 years if have given this another star Possibly the best title in literature and the pieces about fellow authors were extremely entertaining.

    26. Another near hallucinatory by todays standards rundown of American Authors when they ruled the talk show circuits in 1960 s and early 70 s Very funny, inspiring, white male, but these bitchy whites want nothing to do with each other a pure horror and delight, thanks to Martin Amis.

    27. This is my favorite Martin Amis book But i am just starting EXPERIENCE which looks really good as well I think his non fiction is better than his fiction, but i think i am in the minority opinion on that.

    28. I found some of the articles interesting but many were dated, in that I had no real idea who the subjects were Amis s writing is witty and well observed however.

    29. Admired by Christopher Hitchens and worthy of it.The best of the British education system in the liberal arts.

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