“What he was really leading us to was the one true church of intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness. There was subtlety and elegance in his reasoning, generosity, and the best kind of skepticism: the skepticism that turns back on the author himself. This last aspect of Bangs’s writing was the most revelatory to me. It was the virtue I sought most to emulate, then and now.”
—Maria Bustillos, “Lester Bangs: Truth-teller.” The New Yorker. August 21, 2012.
Main Lines, Blood Feasts, and Bad Taste: A Lester Bangs Reader or Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung are the two anthologies of his essays.