When the Kissing Had to Stop by John Leonard
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One of our most sophisticated commentators looks at contemporary literature and pop culture. Leading literary critic John Leonard is a master at decoding the fears and longings that animate our popular culture. When the Kissing Had to Stop is Leonard at his best, with his reflections on the best new literature of today and what it can tell us about America now. The conspiracies and fears fostered by the Cold War continue to poison our national psyche. New enemies, real or imagined, have fostered subcultures of fantasy and paranoia, and vertiginous proclamations of doom and transformation. In this brilliant new book, Leonard shows how our great novelists and essayists can help us to find some sense and sanity amid the dull roar of tabloids, talk shows, and the Disneyfication of everything.

Writers discussed include:
Don DeLillo
Joan Didion
Eduardo Galeano
Doris Lessing
Gabriel Grcia Marquez
Toni Morrison
Thomas Pynchon
Edward Said

 

About John Leonard

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JOHN LEONARD ( 1939–2008) was a reviewer or contributing editor for practically every national print outlet, including The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, and New York. He also appeared regularly on NPR's Fresh Air and CBS's Sunday Morning. Leonard wrote four novels and served for four years as the executive editor of The New York Times Book Review. In 2006 he was awarded the National Book Critics Circle's prestigious Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by New Press, The. 362 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Manic essays on contemporary books, television, and cultural phenomena from a veteran critic for New York magazine and elsewhere.

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The New York Times

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He says that Paley writes ''a cunning patchwork quilt of radiance and scruple'' and that Morrison makes ''world radiance.'' ''I was holding my breath,'' he writes, ''and she took it away.'' Leonard remains an angry, passionate idealist.

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Part of Leonard's ongoing critique of contemporary U.S. electronic and print media, the pieces range from ""Lolita Lights Our Fire,"" a review of Adrian Lyne's film of Nabokov's most notorious novel, to an evaluation of government funding and the arts in ""Whose Television, for Which Public?"" Le...

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