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US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man (2007. Auflage)

von Charlie LeDuff (Autor)

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Heir to Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff scours the country, tossing back whiskey with the seedy, the dreamy, and the strange in search of the soul of the American male. No one knows life's underbelly better than New York Timesreporter Charlie LeDuff. Christened the "bibulous scribe of the working class" by his peers, he's made a career chronicling, with dead-on feel for character and idiom, the gritty lives of the drifters, the forgotten, and the strange-people washed up and washed out on alcohol, broken dreams, lifetimes of hard living. Willing to follow his subjects where no respectable white-collared man would dare go, he is clearly-and admittedly-a writer "not for people who have doormen, but for doormen." And while his wholly original coverage of this beat has brought him acclaim as a journalist, it has also made him something of a working-class hero. Who better, then, to examine what it means to be a man in modern-day America? US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Manis LeDuff's equally intoxicated and intoxicating journey across the country in search of the heart and soul of today's American male. With characteristic audacity, compassion, and humor, he takes part in a Bacchanalian Burning Man festival in Nevada, clad in a Mohawk and little else; trains with the sadhearted Russian clown of a traveling circus; leads a cavalry charge down the Little Bighorn River with war reenactors; joins a C-level professional football team; infiltrates a West Oakland bike gang that holds fight parties; travels with Appalachian snake handlers and tent revivalists; and covers a cowboy love story at a gay rodeo ("Not like the movie. Life is never like the movies. Life is messy and complicated and self-loathing and funny"). At each juncture LeDuff faithfully records their religion and sins and racism, their freaks and misfits, their search for the American dream, and the sweetness they find in living it out, if only for a moment.… (mehr)
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Titel:US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man
Autoren:Charlie LeDuff (Autor)
Info:Penguin Press HC, The (2007), 256 pages
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I am glad I read LeDuff's "Detroit" before I read "US Guys." For if I read this first I may have never read the other.

Based on the description I had expected some hardcore manliness, some real MRM stuff. But there was none of that.

There was little actually tying the book together at all. Each chapter was a story of its own of LeDuff traveling to a different part of the country to take part in some form of everyday life there.

The first couple chapters dealing with Oklahoma really shouldn't have been first. Hanging out with meth addicts in a flea bag motel is not a way to get me to want to keep turning the page.

That being said the chapter on Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV was absolutely amazing, I also really like the chapter on the Pentecostal movement in Cleveland, TN, and playing in the AF2 in Amarillo, TX ( )
  fulner | Jun 10, 2020 |
"The poems and stories of Charlie W. Murphy are aided and abetted by vodka."

A decent read about the hidden men in America. Those that balance the soft, pasty & pretty girls of the adult entertainment industry. Nature abhors a vacuum. Nature seeks balance. This book reveals the hidden balance within our culture. Be glad not to live at this level of subsistence. ( )
  RMSmithJr | Sep 27, 2007 |
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Heir to Jack Kerouac and Hunter S. Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff scours the country, tossing back whiskey with the seedy, the dreamy, and the strange in search of the soul of the American male. No one knows life's underbelly better than New York Timesreporter Charlie LeDuff. Christened the "bibulous scribe of the working class" by his peers, he's made a career chronicling, with dead-on feel for character and idiom, the gritty lives of the drifters, the forgotten, and the strange-people washed up and washed out on alcohol, broken dreams, lifetimes of hard living. Willing to follow his subjects where no respectable white-collared man would dare go, he is clearly-and admittedly-a writer "not for people who have doormen, but for doormen." And while his wholly original coverage of this beat has brought him acclaim as a journalist, it has also made him something of a working-class hero. Who better, then, to examine what it means to be a man in modern-day America? US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Manis LeDuff's equally intoxicated and intoxicating journey across the country in search of the heart and soul of today's American male. With characteristic audacity, compassion, and humor, he takes part in a Bacchanalian Burning Man festival in Nevada, clad in a Mohawk and little else; trains with the sadhearted Russian clown of a traveling circus; leads a cavalry charge down the Little Bighorn River with war reenactors; joins a C-level professional football team; infiltrates a West Oakland bike gang that holds fight parties; travels with Appalachian snake handlers and tent revivalists; and covers a cowboy love story at a gay rodeo ("Not like the movie. Life is never like the movies. Life is messy and complicated and self-loathing and funny"). At each juncture LeDuff faithfully records their religion and sins and racism, their freaks and misfits, their search for the American dream, and the sweetness they find in living it out, if only for a moment.

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