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    Glued To the Box: Television Criticism From the 'Observer', 1979-82

    Ten years and many Soap Operas ago our foremost television critic - Clive James - founded a column on the principles that humour, intelligence and style were the inalienable rights of his readers. Those who laughed and loved his two previous collectons - Visions Before Midnight and The Crystal Bucket will not be disappointed by this, his third and final collection from his decade at the Observer. He is as funny as ever. - Books and Bookmen Along with its two predecessors, it will stand as a once-only critical phenomenon: ten years' worth of high intelligence and wit. - The London Review of Books Those who recall the standard set by his two previous volumes, 'Visions Before Midnight' and 'The Crystal Bucket' will not fail to be impressed by the undimmed vigour and panache of the writing, the vitality and freshness of the perception, the biting trenchancy of the humour. But they are bound, finally, to be heartened and encouraged by the enthusiasm for and commitment to the medium which has remained constant for a decade and which in itself provides some measure of the achievement of those years. - British Book News James reinvented the style of TV criticism. Described by Sheridan Morley as 'far and away the funniest writer in regular Fleet Street employment', James was the first critic to prostrate himself before the flow of the medium in all its manifestations. He admitted to himself and his readers, that for most is the frenzied commentary of Murray Walker and the uneasy elocution of Harry Carpenter are as important a part of TV as the most earnest offering from 'Play for Today' or 'The South Bank Show'. They do not, of course, hope to be regarded as 'art' but they are part of the same experience.' - Time Out


    Fear And Loathing in America: the Brutal Odyssey of An Outlaw Journalist 1968-1976

    Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, Hunter S. Thompson is back with another astonishing volume of his private correspondence, the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it 'deliriously entertaining'; Rolling Stone called it 'brilliant beyond description'; and The New York Times celebrated its 'wicked humor and bracing political conviction.'Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years -- addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut -- is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.


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