Lester Bangs: Truth-teller | The New Yorker

“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.

2 thoughts on “Lester Bangs: Truth-teller | The New Yorker

  1. Very interesting article and again someone I had never heard of…..
    soooo started watching Russian Doll last night, could only watch two episodes partially because of time and partially because it took me to a place in my head both familiar and repelling at the same time. It is the kind of piece that comes uninvited into your head in vignettes the next day, sort of calling you like a really good book that you had to put down but can’t wait to get back to. spoke with my daughter today and she has watched the whole series and said it is/was one of the best things she has watched in a while.

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