Hollywood & God by Robert PolitoHollywood & God by Robert Polito

Hollywood & God

byRobert Polito

Paperback | June 19, 2013

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Hollywood & God is a virtuosic performance, filled with crossings back and forth from cinematic chiaroscuro to a kind of unsettling desperation and disturbing—even lurid—hallucination. From the Baltimore Catechism to the great noir films of the last century to today’s Elvis impersonators and Paris Hilton (an impersonator of a different sort), Robert Polito tracks the snares, abrasions, and hijinks of personal identities in our society of the spectacle, a place where who we say we are, and who (we think) we think we are fade in and out of consciousness, like flickers of light dancing tantalizingly on the silver screen. Mixing lyric and essay, collage and narrative, memoir and invention, Hollywood & God is an audacious book, as contemporary as it is historical, as sly and witty as it is devastatingly serious.

Robert Polito is president of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. He is the author of Doubles, also published by the University of Chicago Press. He was director of the New School Graduate Writing Program, and he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for his biography of novelist Jim Thompson, Savage Art.  
Title:Hollywood & GodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.5 × 6.12 × 0.4 inPublished:June 19, 2013Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022610365X

ISBN - 13:9780226103655

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Table of Contents


Hollywood Hills

Barbara Payton: A Memoir
Paris Hilton Calls on Jesus
Two or Three Dreams About . . .
Mike the Winger
Please Refrain From Talking During The Movie
Overheard in the Love Hotel
New York School
Three Horse Operas
What a Friend
Deep Deuce
The Harrowing of Dorchester
Shooting Star
Sister Elvis
Pacific Coast Highway
Spicy Detective
Riding with the King
The Great Awakening
Last Seen
Hollywood & God

Editorial Reviews

"Polito makes poetry out of pop-culture in a way that deepens, not cheapens, either the poem or the pop. Elvis Presley, the Edgar G, Ulmer thriller Detour, and Dunkin Donuts all put in appearances in poems whose lines snake across the page, wrapping themselves around rhythms that surprise and hypnotize."