The Devil is alive and well and living in America, AndreiCodrescu tells us, and with good reason. Nowhere else in the world --not even in Codrescu's native Transylvania -- is he taken quite asseriously. When Codrescu gently derided the fundamentalist Christianbelief in Rapture (""a pre-apocalyptic event during which all truebelievers would be suctioned off to heaven in a single whoosh"") in oneof his commentaries on National Public Radio, NPR received fortythousand letters in a protest spearhead by Ralph Reed of the ChristianCoalition. Codrescu was warned to ""stay away from eschatology.""Thankfully for us he hasn't. In ""The Devil Never Sleeps, "" one ofAmerica's shrewdest social critics sets out to uncover the Devil's mostmodern and insidiously banal incarnations. Once easily recognizable byhis horns, tail, and propensity for plague, today's Devil has becomeembedded in every fiber of our culture. Discussing everything from rock'n' roll to William Burroughs to New Orleans bars to the Demon ofProsperity, Crodescu mockingly unmasks Old Nick as the opportunistictechnocract he really is.
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St. Martin's Press
April 01, 2000
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