By Gary Indiana
Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465002481, 315pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2008
His writings range from popular culturetrash novels, architectural wonders and horrorsto appreciations of the best of modern literature, art, and cinema. They include his convincing (and highly entertaining) debunking of fashionable conspiracy theories, a spirited and contrarian defense of Bill Clinton's autobiography, a Mencken-like examination of the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the politics of celebrity in what Indiana calls the Age of Contempt.
A postmodern Emerson, Indiana wields scalpel-sharp wit and a fealty to logic on issues in which, all too often, irrationalism and emotionalism hold sway. At times rigorously serious, at other times whimsical, Indiana's most conspicuous feature is skepticismhis wildly satirical contempt for conventional wisdom.