From his work as a reporter at Hustler magazine to his National Magazine Award-winning writing for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, Evan Wright has always had an affinity for outsiders---what he calls "the lost tribes of America." The previously published pieces in this collection chart a deeply personal journey. Along the way, Wright encounters runaway teens earning corporate dollars as skateboard pitchmen; radical anarchists plotting the overthrow of corporate America; and young American troops on the hunt for terrorists in the combat zones of the Middle East. His subjects are people for whom the American dream is either just out of grasp or something they've chosen to reject altogether. Sometimes frightening, usually profane, and often darkly comic, Hella Nation is Evan Wright's meticulously observed tour of the jagged edges of all those other Americas hiding in plain sight amid the nation's malls and gated communities.More
This candid and witty exposé of American subculture features author Evan Wright’s autobiographical observations on such sultry subjects as UFC wrestling, Aryan Nations, the music industry, and pornography shoots. These loosely related articles form a picaresque tapestry of American identity, a patchwork road trip that is enthralling, funny, and occasionally harrowing. Performer Paul Boehmer (Star Trek: Voyager, The Thomas Crown Affair) lends an air of stoicism to these ribald revelations. Where Wright’s reminiscence might, from time to time, come across as excessively barbed or snarky, Boehmer manages to level off the edges through his knack for understated, easygoing good humor.
"Vivid confirmation of the arrival of a major chronicler of those who live on or beyond the margins of the American mainstream." (Kirkus)
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- Joshua Kim
Good book, weak narrator
- Stuart Smith