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Essays & Correspondence
  • Author:
    David Samuels
  • ISBN:
    1595581871
  • ISBN13:
    978-1595581877
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  • Publisher:
    The New Press (April 8, 2008)
  • Pages:
    372 pages
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    Essays & Correspondence
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His entire essay collection 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' was equally enjoyable

His entire essay collection 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' was equally enjoyable. I can't think of a writer to compare Samuels too and I say that as a compliment. David Samuels has given me many hours of great reading through his books - most recently "The Runner" and "Love can Break Your Heart" - and also via his many magazine writings, and contributions to anthologies.

Start by marking Only Love Can Break Your Heart as Want to Read . I only picked this book because I thought the title and cover art were intriguing.

Start by marking Only Love Can Break Your Heart as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. This book, a compilation of Samuels' republished articles from magazines like Harper's, the New Yorker, and GQ, starts off with a flash of brilliance. The Preface, "The Golden Land of Mini-Moos," is a conflicted farewell to the moribund hustle of long-form magazine journalism. The first chapter, a surreal insider's glimpse of the nightmarish sequel to Woodstock that went down in 1999, is excellent. They put a hip package around some fairly traditional magazine articles.

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Including profiles of disillusioned Pacific Northwest radicals and Nevada nuclear test site workers alongside coverage of Pentagon press conferences and the Super Bowl in Detroit, Only Love Can Break Your Heart proves.

Including profiles of disillusioned Pacific Northwest radicals and Nevada nuclear test site workers alongside coverage of Pentagon press conferences and the Super Bowl in Detroit, Only Love Can Break Your Heart proves Samuels to be a wonderful inheritor of the great journalistic tradition established by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion in the 1960s. A mixed bag of magazine pieces by a seemingly reluctant pop-culture scribe. Even as he laments the difficulties of the job and hints at moving on to some other line of work, freelancer Samuels admits.

On long bus rides, David Samuels used to fake a Southern accent and tell strangers he was raised on Army bases .

On long bus rides, David Samuels used to fake a Southern accent and tell strangers he was raised on Army bases rather than in the Orthodox Jewish household in Brooklyn where he grew up. There was something scary about the ease with which I became a new person, a fictional character, he has written. I felt cold inside, and detached from my own body. The book is full of scenes from our nation’s underbelly, including a washed-up Red Sox pitcher in Montreal, a family of demolition experts hired to bring down a Las Vegas casino and a California convention crawling with salesmen in the grip of a pyramid scheme.

In Only Love Can Break Your Heart, David Samuels writes with a reportorial acumen and stylistic flair that recall the pioneering New Journalism of Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion.

Writing for Harper's Magazine and The New Yorker over the last decade, David Samuels has penned a disillusioned love so. .Including profiles of disillusioned Pacific Northwest radicals and Nevada nuclear test site workers alongside coverage of Pentagon press conferences and the Super Bowl in Detroit, Only Love Can Break Your Heart proves Samuels to be a wonderful inheritor of the great journalistic tradition established by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion in the 1960s.

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Writing for Harper’s and the New Yorker over the last decade, David Samuels has penned a disillusioned love song to the often amusing and sometimes fatal American habit of self-delusion, reporting from a landscape peopled by salesmen, dreamers, radical environmentalists, suburban hip-hop stars, demolition experts, aging baseball legends, billionaire crackpots, and dog track bettors whose heartbreaking failures and occasional successes are illuminated by flashes of anger and humor.

Including profiles of Pacific Northwest radicals and Nevada nuclear test site workers alongside coverage of Pentagon press conferences and the Super Bowl in Detroit, Only Love Can Break Your Heart proves Samuels to be a wonderful inheritor of the great journalistic tradition established by Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Joan Didion in the 1960s. This first collection of his painstakingly reported and wildly inventive writing reveals the full spectrum of his talents, as well as an unusual sensitivity to both the tragic and comic dissonances bubbling up from the gap between the American promise of endless nirvana and the lives of ordinary citizens who struggle to live out their dreams.


Avarm
I first came across David Samuels' work after reading his story on Britany Spears and the tabloid media in "Atlantic Monthly." I found his take quite original, his writing very strong, and his conclusions thought-provoking. His entire essay collection 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' was equally enjoyable.

I can't think of a writer to compare Samuels too and I say that as a compliment. He is very original. If I was pressed, I would compare him to a more intellectual - and darker - Chuck Klosterman. There are some fascinating essays in this book, esp. the pieces on Woodstock 1999, the Super Bowl in Detroit, and the leftis lunatics in Eugene.

One minor quibble with the book is his personal essays. This is the reason I can't give 5 stars to this book. With all due respect to Samuels, I really don't care about his failed relationships or why he decided to move to Miami to be with some gal. These essays belong in another book and they detract from his investigative pieces. But they are a small portion of the book.

Overall, this is a very good book. I truly hope Samuels keeps writing articles, as a voice like his is much needed in contemporary non-fiction.
Kata
On the surface, this collection offers dependable entertainment with its blend of sharp reporting and compassionate, good-humored storytelling. But woven throughout the stories is a provocative concept ignited in the reader's mind by Samuels' preface: that perhaps we owe it to ourselves to re-configure our notions about identity, and all the goals that follow.

"My story has something to do with our national gift for self-delusion and for making ourselves up from scratch, which is much the same thing as believing in the future," Samuels writes, noting younger generations' struggles to find a sense of self when traditional mainstays like family dinners are less prominent.

To suffice, we grasp for concrete systems to help us feel in control -- it may be a Florida greyhound bettor who feels invincible in the face of chance. Or Oregonian anarchists who think they're making a difference when reality suggests otherwise. Or a Woodstock 1999 organizer who's lost sight of what really matters so much that music and togetherness get trumped by four-dollar water bottles and corporate detachment.

The truth is, Samuels suggests, that in trying to define ourselves amid the tumult of modern America, we all get lost in the mire to some extent. "The fact that we lie like crazy while pretending to always tell the truth is such a common narrative strategy in American literature and American lives that we frequently confuse our wishful imaginings with reality." Or, as Neil Young says in the song that lends this book its name, "I have a friend I've never seen/ He hides his head inside a dream..."

Samuels' writing has an intelligent, approachable eloquence that brings the traditions of literary journalism to a new level. At points, it's hard not to get entranced in his stories of dreams and disillusionment, from Pentagon meetings to more personal experiences. But with subtle precision and piercing insight, Samuels colors every page with his particular wisdom. It's as if each piece were written for this book -- though the fact that this isn't the case lends a beautiful fluidity to the collection. He respects our ability to parse the stories for ourselves, taking from them what we choose. Each story offers a layer, creating what in the end is a new portrait of the reader's unique sense of self and appreciation of others.
Zaryagan
Clean, precise prose that flow actively into the next. A great collection of stories that I commonly reference back to for reassurance that I'm not the only crazy person trying to survive in New York City.
Unde
A fantastic collection of essays by one of the finest living American non-fiction writers. After I finished reading this, I turned to the front and started over. There's just so much to learn from how Samuels frames scenes and characters. His essay on Woodstock 1999, in particular, has changed how I'll look at writing about music festivals in future. Like John Jeremiah Sullivan's `Upon This Rock', it's barely about the bands who played, but the scenes he witnessed and the people he met. 'The Light Stuff', his essay on blimps, was inspiring, too: Samuels manages to mine extreme depths of technical information and minutiae while still ensuring that the story is never less than engaging and compelling. The essay about nuclear warhead testing grounds, `Buried Suns', was another standout. A few of the shorter pieces were forgettable, but the long stuff for Harper's and the New Yorker is just brilliant. I highly recommend this book to any writer who works in non-fiction.
Gavirus
A terrific collection -- pulls the world apart, weighs the cogs, looks at the gears, then puts it back together again. Samuels is wrong: it's not only love that breaks hearts; the right word can do it, the perfect thought can do, and Samuels demonstrates this again and again.
Marinara
David Samuels has given me many hours of great reading through his books - most recently "The Runner" and "Love can Break Your Heart" - and also via his many magazine writings, and contributions to anthologies. His writings include stories of con artists, hoaxes, musical stars, sports figures, and other celebrities. But the writings are verbal works of art, which have deep social significance, on top of their entertainment value. One needs to read the books to understand what I mean!
Congratulations, again, for sharing your memorable insights.
Perius
Thank heavens someone has had the good sense to put together this great sampling of the redoubtable Mr. Samuels' best work. Intelligence and wit like his are rare enough in journalism--add his unmatchable tenderness and empathy and you get a truly unique voice. This is going to be one of those books I read once and then keep around to dip into whenever I need a lift. Here's hoping Samuels is bluffing when he says he's leaving magazine writing for good, because he'll be sorely missed.