Utopia's Debris: Selected Essays (Hardcover)
Basic Books (AZ), 9780465002481, 315pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2008
His writings range from popular culture--trash novels, architectural wonders and horrors--to 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 skepticism--his wildly satirical contempt for conventional wisdom.