When the Kissing Had to Stop

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When the Kissing Had to Stop

Cult Studs, Khmer Newts, Langley Spooks, Techno-Geeks, Video Drones, Author Gods, Serial Killers, Vampire Media, Alien

By John Leonard

New Press, Hardcover, 9781565845336, 362pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 1999


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. 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.

About the Author
John Leonard (1939-2008) is the author of "The Last Innocent White Man in America" and "Smoke and Mirrors" (both published by The New Press). He was editor of the "New York Times Book Review," literary co-editor of "The Nation," and now appeared weekly on "CBS Sunday Morning" and in "New York."