Canaries in the Mineshaft by Renata Adler
Essays on Politics and Media

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Renata Adler is one of the most original, incisive and witty writers active in American letters today. Whether it be fiction, reportage or essay, her work is marked by a truly extraordinary intellect and a luminous prose that is penetrating, precise, deft and, often, very funny. In this new collection-which includes the early and definitive profile of the National Guard; the widely discussed and still controversial review of Pauline Kael; and the first major piece about foreign contributions to American political campaigns-Adler's wide-ranging reflections become focused on two increasingly fused interests: the politics which govern our public world and the media, which now actively distort and misrepresent information about that world.

For anyone seriously interested in politics and the media Canaries in the Mineshaft is yet another proof that Renata Adler is one of the most delightful and brilliant writers of our day.

About Renata Adler

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Renata Adler is the author of two novels, Speedboat and Pitch Dark, and four books of nonfiction: A Year in the Dark, Toward a Radical Middle, Reckless Disregard and Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker.
Published August 25, 2001 by St. Martin's Press. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Near the end of her 32-page introduction to ''Canaries in the Mineshaft,'' a collection of essays written since 1969, Renata Adler sings out a shrill warning: ''There is, in general, in newspapers at least, almost no reliable, uninflected coverage of the news.

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Former New Yorker writer Adler offers a provocative collection of essays spanning three decades (two pieces are not previously published) that begins by taking the New York Times to task for its handling of the Wen Ho Lee story and ends with a serious, meticulous, and utterly entertaining exege...

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