Advance Praise for The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight
“It’s always complicated to write about writing (and about writers), but Marc Weingarten does it effortlessly. Every character in The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight is compelling and necessary. If this book doesn’t make you want to be a journalist, nothing will.” —Chuck Klosterman, author of Killing Yourself to Live
“Well-researched, beautifully wrought—this is an addictively readable history of the revolution in American journalism.” —T. C. Boyle, author of Drop City
“Weingarten is a strong, fresh voice in contemporary cultural criticism.” —Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Marc Weingarten’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco, and Slate. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
I'm a journalist and author in Los Angeles. I'm from New York originally, but L.A. has been my home for so long no w that I've forgotten what New York looks like. I write freelance articles on books, TV, technology, music and whatever else strikes my fancy at the moment I'm pitching. I've got a beautiful family that doesn't seem to care that I'm not as good-looking as they are.
This is a great book that, while it engaging and breezy, still puts the literary movement it chronicles in a historical construct. If you are interested in any of these authors, you'll find the book a good read.
A sharp, respectful, well-informed overview of one of the richest epochs in American literature. The sketches of a young, hungry Hunter Thompson are particularly memorable. Loses a point for neglecting Terry Southern.