Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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Writing for Harper's Magazine and The New Yorker over the last decade, David Samuels has penned a disillusioned love song to the often amusing and sometimes fatal American habit of self-delusion, reporting from a landscape peopled by salesmen, dreamers, radical environmentalists, suburban hip-hop stars, demolition experts, aging baseball legends, billionaire crackpots, and dog track bettors whose heartbreaking failures and occasional successes are illuminated by flashes of anger and humor. Including profiles of disillusioned Pacific Northwest radicals and Nevada nuclear test site workers alongside coverage of Pentagon press conferences and the Super Bowl in Detroit, Only Love Can Break Your Heart proves Samuels to be a wonderful inheritor of the great journalistic tradition established by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion in the 1960s. This first collection of his painstakingly reported and wildly inventive writing reveals the full spectrum of his talents, as well as an unusual sensitivity to both the tragic and comic dissonances bubbling up from the gap between the American promise of endless nirvana and the lives of ordinary citizens who struggle to live out their dreams.As the trial date approached, I headed off to Telluride with the folder stuffed in my green army duffle. ... The folder contained a copy of an application to the Princeton University Class of 1992, complete with the required personal essays, lists of books, and proof of a ... Hoguea#39;s application to Princeton was both a carefully considered con and an inspired goof on the American college admissions process, anbsp;...

Title:Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Author: David Samuels
Publisher:Tantor eBooks - 2012-03-12

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