By Ian Frazier
Nobody greater, higher Than Nobody is a set of 5 prolonged essays that seemed in The New Yorker from 1978 to 1986. within the culture of A. J. Liebling and Joseph Mitchell, Ian Frazier increases journalism to excessive literary artwork. His shiny tales exhibit a wierd and beautiful parade of yank existence, from photos of Heloise, the syndicated household-hints columnist, and Jim Deren, the city fly-fisher's guru, to small-town citizens in western Kansas getting ready to have a good time a ancient, mutual bloodbath, to which they invite the Cheyenne Indians' descendants with the promise of loose bowling.
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