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An excellent collection of essays from a distinct voice concerned with digging deep into our culture,
This review is from: Pulphead: Essays (Paperback)
These are great. Sullivan has a really distinctive, almost addictive first person voice, and he does a great job of incorporating modern slang and argot into his writings when he needs to. This has gotten a lot of comparisons with David Foster Wallace's non-fiction, but Sullivan is entirely his own, highly, talented sort of writer. His examinations of the geological, archeological and cultural history of his native eastern Kentucky dig deep into some fascinating and all too little known historical firmament. And unlike DFW, he isn't afraid to drop the dense factual expositions and pop-culture examinations to be deeply personal. The pieces on his brother being in a coma and on his crazed, ancient, college mentor are deeply felt, and at times even moving. I highly recommend this.