Murphy's Law, Vol. One: So That Happened: Essays, Reviews, Etc.

Murphy's Law, Vol. One: So That Happened: Essays, Reviews, Etc.

by Sean Murphy

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Overview

In this collection of essays, reviews and ruminations, best-selling author Sean Murphy attempts to tackle the world in writing, one topic at a time. Selecting a sampling of his most popular pieces as well as some personal favorites, Murphy ranges from music to movies, literature to politics, sports to tributes for the departed. At his blog, Murphy's Law, and as a columnist for PopMatters and contributing editor for The Weeklings, Murphy has combined enthusiasm and proficiency in the service of short and extended analyses. Throughout this compilation he shifts seamlessly between culture, the arts and an ongoing interrogation of American society.

Why is Robert Johnson the most influential American musician of the 20th Century? How-and why-did Dennis Miller go from being one of the better comedians in the world to a humorless hack? Why are even the most gifted novelists unable to write convincing sex scenes in their fiction? Was the first round of Hagler vs. Hearns in 1985 the most exciting three minutes in sporting history? Is it reasonable to suggest that Chinatown is the only perfect American film ever made? What does it mean to declare Stephen King the Paul Bunyan of letters? Is it possible we don't adequately celebrate either Moby Dick or The Great Gatsby? Why should everyone consider cancelling their subscription to The Washington Post? Does nostalgia play a defensible, even necessary role in one's art or life?

Equal parts reporter and raconteur, Murphy brings an informed acumen to essays mercifully free from academic jargon and pretension. His subjects cover so-called high and lowbrow and just about anything in between, and it's obvious throughout that his only agenda is to celebrate, or castigate, or cross-examine his own impulses and predispositions. By turns studious, confrontational, hilarious and philosophical, Murphy's Law, Vol. One will leave readers better informed, provoked and, hopefully, inspired to discover the work of some geniuses who've fallen outside the lower frequencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989880534
Publisher: Bright Moments Books
Publication date: 04/25/2016
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, reviews (of music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes and AdAge. In addition, he's an associate editor at The Weeklings, where he contributes a monthly column. He writes regularly for PopMatters, and his work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The Good Men Project, All About Jazz, AlterNet, Web Del Sol, Elephant Journal, Punchnel's and Northern Virginia Magazine. His best-selling memoir PLEASE TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I'M GONE was released in 2013. His debut novel NOT TO MENTION A NICE LIFE was published in June 2015. MURPHY'S LAW VOL ONE is his first collection of non-fiction.

To learn more about Sean Murphy's writing and to check his events schedule, please visit http://seanmurphy.net/.

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