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The Dog Is Us Marcelle Clements(Author)

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The Dog Is Us

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Original name book: The Dog Is Us

Pages: 338

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books; 1St Edition edition (January 6, 1987)

By: Marcelle Clements(Author)

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Trenchent observations, by a young and acclaimed journalist, on the vagaries, vagrancies, and values of the 1980s--and of the 1960s--reveals the soft spots, hard demands, costs, and rewards of life in the contemporary United States

Journalist Clements, whose dual citizenship (French and American) gives her a unique vantage from which to direct barbs at 1980s American culture, has put together a group of pieces that tackle why fewer people smoke marijuana today than in the 1960s; why everyone lies to his/her therapist; and why being ``cool'' isn't ``cool'' anymore. She laments the end of laziness as a virtuous pursuit, as the ``Go-for-it!'' generation (she calls them the ``Mutant Elite'') takes over, and the end of elegance. A la Fran Lebowitz Clements hilariously discusses why no one should venture below 14th Street in New York City. Her trenchant views of relationships ring true, and her portraits of rock star Sting and actor Klaus Kinski are revealing. Clements's 19th-century sensibility produces a searing, funny, cynical, and accurate collection. Recommended for medium to large public and most academic libraries. Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • By A. Havanur on April 8, 2017

    When I saw that Marcelle Clements's profiles and essays had gone up as Kindles Singles, I jumped to buy them. In addition to being a huge fan of her journalism, she's a very good friend of mine.This is the title essay of one of her collections. I think of it as a companion essay to her "Terminal Cool", which also tries to recapture "the spirit of a certain epoch" -- her epoch, the Sixties. The immediate question of "The Dog Is Us", though, is why so many of her generation, who once seemed to smoke marijuana and drop acid as a matter of principle, have given it up--herself included. What's changed? Do they just not enjoy getting high anymore? Are they warned off by the social stigma? Is it no longer cool enough?Clements explores these questions with intelligence and playfulness. "I'm the kind of person who gets upset if someone reminds me too early in the day that the universe is finite yet boundless," she tells us. Yet under the playfulness, I detected a sweet melancholy, too. She marshals an impressive array of information, but what sticks with you aren't the statistics, it's the metaphorical dog of the title and all it represents, truth or lies, about the gulf between that epoch and this one.

  • By Kindle Customer on December 5, 2016

    Going by the title this book was definitely not what I was thinking it was going to be about. Of course I mean "Dogs". Haha of all things it was about marijuana. It was interesting and a pretty good read. I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know but as I said it was very interesting. I liked it.

  • By Mat on January 25, 2018

    I picked this book up at a used book store because the cover caught my eye. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. She's got a great way of putting things. She can really put you in her shoes when she's doing a piece on someone, really captures their vibe. A book I really enjoyed reading and will enjoy reading again

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