In Sweet Lechery, cultural journalist Jeet Heer offers a quirky collection of literary criticism that touches on a wide range of contemporary topics. From Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick, from Seth to Marshall McLuhan, Heer considers the literary and social contributions of canonical authors, artists, theorists and polemicists alike. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and genres, he links sex to economics, porn to high-brow literature, and tackles the oddball themes of cannibalism and vegetable sex in Canadian fiction. He examines the struggles of science fiction writers and the artistic opportunities of comic artists, weighing in on partisan politics for good measure. Rich with contextual detail and social commentary, these essays examine the cultural, historical and political forces that inform the books we read and write.I realize that this is a generalization even the most incompetent hunter could shoot full of holes. The world, after all, is ~lled with playful books (everything from Tristram Shandy to Pale Fire) as well as sombrely serious essays ... Rather, the job of an essay is to survey a topic and return with a quick and entertaining report .
|Publisher||:||The Porcupine's Quill - 2014-12-01|