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Canaries in the Mineshaft

Essays on Politics and Media

Renata Adler


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Renata Adler is one of the most original, incisive and witty writers active in American letters today. Whether it be fiction, reportage or essay, her work is marked by a truly extraordinary intellect and a luminous prose that is penetrating, precise, deft and, often, very funny. In this new collection-which includes the early and definitive profile of the National Guard; the widely discussed and still controversial review of Pauline Kael; and the first major piece about foreign contributions to American political campaigns-Adler's wide-ranging reflections become focused on two increasingly fused interests: the politics which govern our public world and the media, which now actively distort and misrepresent information about that world.

For anyone seriously interested in politics and the media Canaries in the Mineshaft is yet another proof that Renata Adler is one of the most delightful and brilliant writers of our day.

Praise For Canaries in the Mineshaft: Essays on Politics and Media

"Renata Adler is an amazing writer of fiction . . . as honest and direct as she is ingenious and thoughtful."--John Updike

"An observer of acute intelligence and discriminating sensibility."--Encounter

St. Martin's Press, 9780312275204, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2001

About the Author

Renata Adler is the author of two novels, "Speedboat" and "Pitch Dark," and four books of nonfiction: "A Year in the Dark," "Toward a Radical Middle," "Reckless Disregard" and "Gone: The Last Days of the New Yorker."