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Paper Trails: The Life and Times of Pete Dexter

Paper Trails: The Life and Times of Pete Dexter

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In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American character at a time of national turmoil and crucial change. With haunting urgency, his columns laid bare the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. But he reveled, too, in the lighter side of his own life, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their young daughter, and a series of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. No matter what caught Dexter's eye, it was illuminated by his dark, brilliant humor.

Collected here for the first time are eighty-two of the best of those spellbinding, finely wrought pieces—with a new introduction by the author—assembled by Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly funny, sometimes all at once. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, these essays "are as good as it ever gets."

In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American character at a time of national turmoil and crucial change. With haunting urgency, his columns laid bare the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. But he reveled, too, in the lighter side of his own life, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their young daughter, and a series of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. No matter what caught Dexter's eye, it was illuminated by his dark, brilliant humor.

Collected here for the first time are eighty-two of the best of those spellbinding, finely wrought pieces—with a new introduction by the author—assembled by Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly funny, sometimes all at once. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, these essays "are as good as it ever gets."

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Publish date: Oct 13, 2009
Added to Scribd: Aug 28, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780061850318
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satyridae reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Tough. Terse. Decidedly macho. Also very engaging and well-written. I was surprised at how much I liked the content, despite my preconceived notions about how I dislike this style of writing. So I was wrong.
snakeshands reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This was a gift from someone who knew I was a journalist, and indeed it's a pretty cool thing to get when you're hoping to up your craft a little. Dexter was clearly one of the great columnists, and he has this really incredible use of the "in medias res" beginning, especially considering all but 5 of these columns never go past 2 and a half pages. In terms of the narrative applied to the factual, a lot to be learned from this guy, who can throw you into a shocking crime and an even more shocking prosecution, or get into the lives and heads of people he clearly only met on the street once randomly, or can just make you howl at one of his (though sometimes awful) comedy piece about his relationship with his wife (whoever she may be at the time).
readingfiend_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Really enjoyable compilation of newspaper articles by Pete Dexter. The last column really broke my heart.
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