The Nick Tosches Reader

Paperback | April 7, 2000

byNick Tosches

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Newsday has said that Nick Tosches "casts brilliant black light." The San Diego Reader has said that "Tosches's best sentences uncoil like rattlesnakes and strike with a venom that spreads poison through all the little Sunday-school ideas you've held dear." And Rolling Stone has said that "Tosches can write like a wild rockabilly raveup. He can be elegant as a slow blues." The Nick Tosches Reader is the author's own selection of his best work over the past thirty years, including fiction, poetry, interviews, rock writing, investigative journalism, and criticism. First published in major magazines, obscure underground periodicals, and his own best-selling books, many of these selections deal with rock 'n' roll and cultural icons—but there are also pieces on everything from William Faulkner to organized crime to heavyweight boxing, including the Vanity Fair feature that gave rise to Tosches's major new book on Sonny Liston, published by Little, Brown. Here is "a unique and darkly impressionistic cultural history" of the last three decades as only Nick Tosches could write it.

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 Nick Tosches has been an original voice in American literature for more than 30 years. This fine collection features the best of his poetry, fiction, interviews, rock writing, investigative journalism and criticism. Comprised completely of the author’s own choices, The Nick Tosches Reader places a broad emphasis on counter-culture and...

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Newsday has said that Nick Tosches "casts brilliant black light." The San Diego Reader has said that "Tosches's best sentences uncoil like rattlesnakes and strike with a venom that spreads poison through all the little Sunday-school ideas you've held dear." And Rolling Stone has said that "Tosches can write like a wild rockabilly raveu...

Nick Tosches is the author of Hellfire, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll, Power on Earth, Cut Numbers, Dino, and Trinities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.3 inPublished:April 7, 2000Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306809699

ISBN - 13:9780306809699

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 Nick Tosches has been an original voice in American literature for more than 30 years. This fine collection features the best of his poetry, fiction, interviews, rock writing, investigative journalism and criticism. Comprised completely of the author’s own choices, The Nick Tosches Reader places a broad emphasis on counter-culture and rock and roll. But Tosches also examines topics as diverse as heavyweight boxing and William Faulkner. Learn why Nick Toshes is a universally heralded writer by opening this engaging collection.

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New York Times Book Review, 7/15/10
“If you want to learn about the power and dangers of rock ’n’ roll, check out Mary Gaitskill’s incomparable novel Veronica or Marianne Faithfull’s cackling memoir or The Nick Tosches Reader.”