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Looking Forward to It: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process

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"Elliott, like Joan Didion when she wrote Political Fictions, views the campaign mechanism from somewhere close to the main event, but still outside. The game is weird and amusing, but its stakes are frightfully real; the author is a little out of it, but he cares a lot. Looking Forward to It, which manages to be playful and earnest at once, is a compulsively readable document of those cold, wrenching months when John Kerry became the Democratic candidate for president." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

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Publisher Comments:

Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is.

Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical — and hilarious — journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election.

Review:

"Elliot is terrific and very funny writer, a keen observer with a gift for epigrams...and a knack for blindsiding you with his sharpest insights the way a skilled horror movie director orchestrates scares." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Stephen Elliott is one of the most versatile and gifted young writers we have. His fiction is wrenching, raw, and unsafe. His political writing, on the other hand, is savvy, loose, very funny and — truly — full of rare insights. Also: he is quite hairy." Dave Eggers

Synopsis:

Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is.

Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical — and hilarious — journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election.

Synopsis:

Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is.

Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical — and hilarious — journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election.

Stephen Elliott, editor of the anthology Politically Inspired, is also the author of four novels, including What It Means to Love You and Happy Baby. A contributing writer for The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Village Voice, and McSweeney's, Elliott teaches at Stanford University.

Novelist, journalist, and wandering scribe Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of America's voters, of 2004's desperate and over-heated run for the presidency, or of the legitimacy of the political system en masse. He doesn't know whether to love Howard Dean or try to love John Kerry or try, simply, to get excited about politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed, and brokenhearted as he is.

Looking Forward to It is thus the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skepticalandoften hilariousjourney through the election process. With the author on the campaign trail, we meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupted journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. Elliott's engaging report fully documents a journey into the center of "the thing," our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound and fundamental gesture of democracy: the election.

"Stephen Elliott is one of the most versatile and gifted young writers we have. His fiction is wrenching, raw, and unsafe. His political writing, on the other hand, is savvy, loose, very funny, andtrulyfully of rare insights. Also: he is quite hairy."Dave Eggers

"Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Richard Ben Cramer: the great, all-American genre of the political campaign in extenso (and in extremis) has had its Homers and Boswells. To that list we can now add Stephen Elliott. Hilarious, strange, electrifyingly written, and heart-pumpingly idealistic, Looking Forward to It wins every literary caucus and primary in a landslide."Tom Bissell, author of Chasing the Sea

About the Author

Stephen Elliott is the editor of the anthology Politically Inspired. He is also the author of four novels, including What It Means to Love You and Happy Baby. A contributing writer for The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Village Voice, and McSweeney's, Elliott is the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lived, before this year, in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312424152
Author:
Elliott, Stephen
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidential candidates -- United States.
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.725 in

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Product details 320 pages Picador USA - English 9780312424152 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Elliott, like Joan Didion when she wrote Political Fictions, views the campaign mechanism from somewhere close to the main event, but still outside. The game is weird and amusing, but its stakes are frightfully real; the author is a little out of it, but he cares a lot. Looking Forward to It, which manages to be playful and earnest at once, is a compulsively readable document of those cold, wrenching months when John Kerry became the Democratic candidate for president." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Elliot is terrific and very funny writer, a keen observer with a gift for epigrams...and a knack for blindsiding you with his sharpest insights the way a skilled horror movie director orchestrates scares."
"Review" by , "Stephen Elliott is one of the most versatile and gifted young writers we have. His fiction is wrenching, raw, and unsafe. His political writing, on the other hand, is savvy, loose, very funny and — truly — full of rare insights. Also: he is quite hairy."
"Synopsis" by ,
Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is.

Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical — and hilarious — journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election.

"Synopsis" by ,
Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is.

Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical — and hilarious — journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of "the thing", our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election.

Stephen Elliott, editor of the anthology Politically Inspired, is also the author of four novels, including What It Means to Love You and Happy Baby. A contributing writer for The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Village Voice, and McSweeney's, Elliott teaches at Stanford University.

Novelist, journalist, and wandering scribe Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of America's voters, of 2004's desperate and over-heated run for the presidency, or of the legitimacy of the political system en masse. He doesn't know whether to love Howard Dean or try to love John Kerry or try, simply, to get excited about politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed, and brokenhearted as he is.

Looking Forward to It is thus the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skepticalandoften hilariousjourney through the election process. With the author on the campaign trail, we meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupted journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. Elliott's engaging report fully documents a journey into the center of "the thing," our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound and fundamental gesture of democracy: the election.

"Stephen Elliott is one of the most versatile and gifted young writers we have. His fiction is wrenching, raw, and unsafe. His political writing, on the other hand, is savvy, loose, very funny, andtrulyfully of rare insights. Also: he is quite hairy."Dave Eggers

"Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Richard Ben Cramer: the great, all-American genre of the political campaign in extenso (and in extremis) has had its Homers and Boswells. To that list we can now add Stephen Elliott. Hilarious, strange, electrifyingly written, and heart-pumpingly idealistic, Looking Forward to It wins every literary caucus and primary in a landslide."Tom Bissell, author of Chasing the Sea

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