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Bill Kauffman


Bill Kauffman’s Look Homeward, America is due in May from ISI Books.

  • The City Beat

    By Bill Kauffman | August 15, 2019
    Red Love is "third generation Leninist" porno star Suzie Sizzle's yet-unmade dream project, the love story of her aunt and uncle, the Rosenberg-like spies Dolly and Solly Rubell. Until Suzie's industry develops a revolutionary consciousness, we'll have to settle for David Evanier's novel of wit, fine malice, and the same title.
  • The Last Jeffersonian

    By Bill Kauffman | June 05, 2019
    Let Vermont State Senator John McClaughry describe himself (with what he calls "a notorious Ozark accent"): "I am a 1700's Virginia republican, an 1800 Tertium Quid, an 1830's Loco Foco, an 1850's Republican, an 1890's Western progressive, a 1930's agrarian distributist, and today a plain old decentralist agrarian Reaganaut."
  • Sinclair Lewis

    By Bill Kauffman | December 03, 2018
    To the end, [Sinclair] Lewis stayed true to his time and his locality. He insisted, despite the naysaying of the folks who run things in this country, on the romance of the "Average Citizens of the United States."
  • War From a Cabbage Patch

    By Bill Kauffman | May 10, 2018
    You know you are not in for a Doris Kearns Goodwin/David McCullough hagiography when a biographer uses as an epigraph a character assessment by the thuggish Marilyn-mauling (Joe) McCarthyite RFK. (Isn’t the three-letter monogram usually a tip-off to a sinister force?)
  • Cherished Void

    By Bill Kauffman | January 17, 2018
    Gene Roddenberry was a hustling ex-cop who wanted to strike it rich in television, and he did, with a series called Star Trek, which he once described (before his slide into self-mythicizing and lucrative licensing deals) as "Wagon Train To the Stars."
  • New York vs. New York

    By Bill Kauffman | December 14, 2017
    Plunkitt lived in the days before garbage scows, Tawana Brawley, Nelson Rockefeller, radioactive waste, and the decimation of local government. In the Upstate-Downstate marriage, Plunkitt's was the Era of Good Feelings.
  • Up, Up, and Away

    By Bill Kauffman | July 19, 2017
    Howard E. McCurdy, a political scientist fascinated by "the relationship between imagination and public policy," has written a lively account of the "concerted effort by writers of popular science and science fiction, along with other opinion leaders, to prepare the public for what they hoped would be the inevitable conquest of space."

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