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The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink of the Millennium Hardcover – 1 Feb 1999

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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080211640X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802116406
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,336,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Dery is a cultural critic. His writings on media, technology, pop culture, and American society have appeared in Artforum, Cabinet, Elle, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, and Wired, among others. His books include Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of Signs, The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink, and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century, which has been translated into eight languages. He edited the scholarly anthology Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture. His latest book is the essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Dery is possibly one of the best writers on popular culture working at the moment. His 'Escape velocity' was an essential guide to the subcultures that lie under the umbrella term of 'Cyberculture' and had a lot of provocative insight (something all too often lacking in the celebratory 'up with technology' enthusiasm of some of his fellows). This volume is an absolutely fascinating mix and match of various cultural phenomena and although almost everything in it has been covered in more depth elsewhere, it remains challenging and original.
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By A Customer on 17 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mark Dery's writing style makes my mind wander and fails to pull me in. He mentions something about everything, from Ace Ventura's anal speech to the burning of Waco. "The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink" gives short insight into life's odd episodes, freak shows, and moments of insanity but misses out on making a statement worthy of reaction. As I read, I kept thinking, "yes, I know, so what?" Give me something, anything. I guess was expecting more.
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