October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
publisher
McSweeney's Books
genre
Short Stories, Fiction
We gave it an A-

Combining Hunter S. Thompson’s penchant for serendipitous living with Truman Capote’s knack for nonchalant name-dropping, Pollack would be the world’s foremost gonzo literary journalist — if only his funny-but-phony contributions to the supersmart journal McSweeney‘s were not, in fact, the completely fictional work of a well-studied satirist. In The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, Pollack uses the conventions of high-minded muckraking — its condescending tone, the oft-too-trite observations — to mock both the form’s self-serving nature as well as celebrity culture run rampant. All that, plus he looks great in fatigues. A-

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