Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces

Hogs Wild Selected Reporting Pieces A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense The Believer Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America Hogs Wild assembles a decade s worth of his finest essays

  • Title: Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces
  • Author: Ian Frazier
  • ISBN: 9780374298524
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense The Believer , Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America Hogs Wild assembles a decade s worth of his finest essays and reportage, and demonstrates the irrepressible passions and artful digressions that distinguish his enduring body of work.Part muckraker, part adventurer, and part rac A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense The Believer , Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America Hogs Wild assembles a decade s worth of his finest essays and reportage, and demonstrates the irrepressible passions and artful digressions that distinguish his enduring body of work.Part muckraker, part adventurer, and part raconteur, Frazier beholds, captures, and occasionally reimagines the spirit of the American experience He travels down South to examine feral hogs, and learns that their presence in any county is a strong indicator that it votes Republican He introduces us to a man who, when his house is hit by a supposed meteorite, hopes to leverage the space object into opportunity for his family, and a New York City police detective who is fascinated with rap music related crimes Alongside Frazier s delight in the absurdities of contemporary life is his sense of social responsibility there s an echo of the great reform minded writers in his pieces on a soup kitchen, opioid overdose deaths on Staten Island, and the rise in homelessness in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg.In each dizzying discovery, Hogs Wild unearths the joys of inquiry without agenda, curiosity without calculation To read Frazier is to become a kind of social and political anthropologist astute and deeply engaged.

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    1. Excellent set of essays/short articles. I enjoyed his writing much more here than that of the last book I read about traveling through the most northerly inhabited places.

    2. Very good collection of "essays" (mostly magazine articles?) by an author with whom I was previously unfamiliar. Frazier's pieces are all written first-person, usually involving him giving a direct account of the people and places he is reporting on. He tackles a wide variety of subjects from homelessness and opioid addiction to the growing feral hog population. All but one or two were fascinating, despite the seemingly random assortment of topics. Many pieces are based in New York City and he r [...]

    3. I consider myself pretty well-read, but until about a month ago, I'd never heard of Ian Frazier. But, by chance I saw his earlier work "Gone to New York: Adventures in the City" in the local library, gave it a read, and was highly impressed with his work, so I added some other titles of his to my list. He is an excellent writer, and can convey despair and absurdity with equal care.

    4. Essays about homeless populations in New York, wild hogs, horseshoe crabs, etc. Quality writing but he content was generally not that enthralling. Imagine ‘this American life’ with more science.

    5. Nature running wild, andPeople too, on Staten Island,Plus hogs and carp and fungus,all in abundance.

    6. This is a collection of pieces previously published in Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Outside magazines. It's an eclectic mix and all fascinating (to me anyway). Mr. Frazier writes of the homeless in NYC, security at tough hip-hop and rap clubs, feral hogs, Irving Berlin and his wife, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, of a river guide on the Deschutes in Oregon, the death of Hattie Carroll, Asian carp, meteorites, Strandbeests in the Netherlands I am never bored, and my m [...]

    7. I like essays and long format articles like the New Yorker before it became a classy staple. I like the author's writing it is as if he's sitting across from you. Sure, there are some breaks for quick explanations but it has a nice flow of many different topics. Maybe, like a neighbor trying to show you every travel photo on their iPhone but way more interesting. He captures a lot of America and just displays it like a nice picture. Hung there, at the end of a long hallway so everything comes in [...]

    8. I have always enjoyed Ian Frazier's writing. These pieces bring out his curiosity, more than his usual humor, though it is in them, but more subtely. Most of the pieces take place around New York City and help us understand the city better. I liked the variety of topics in the essays. One of his stronger books, but he is a writer you can depend on for good writing.

    9. I thought this one started off very strong, and then sort of dragged on, even though I like his literary asides and turns of phrase. It's a pretty long book. It probably would've been better to just read one essay per week, but it's a library book, so what can you do.

    10. I guess I was expecting humor here, so I was a little disappointed, but he is a good writer. Many of the reports were interesting, though a few I just skipped over because they didn't appeal. Many touched on aspects of our generation, and those I liked best.

    11. I didn't read every single essay, but I did enjoy the ones I read. I think my favorite was about the "hip hop cop".

    12. Ian Frazier asks good questions, observes well, and writes engagingly on a fascinating variety of topics. This collection focuses primarily on people and places in the eastern United States.

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