My fellow mutants,
Tod Goldberg is one of the funniest human beings on the planet. This has been verified by several independent sources. He also happens to be one hell of a writer who works harder at his craft than just about anyone else I've ever met. He also runs the Low-Res MFA Program at UC Riverside-Palm Desert . . Oh yeah, AND he writes book reviews! I'm happy Tod found some things to like in The Day After The Day After. Here's an excerpt and a link to the rest of the review at the Las Vegas City Life site. Thanks, Tod!
Steven Church grapples with movie-inspired Cold War fever in his poignant memoir
by TOD GOLDBERG : AE@LVCITYLIFE.COM
"Like most children growing up in '70s and '80s America," Steven Church writes toward the beginning of his sad, funny and refreshingly memorable memoir The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, "I imagined we'd all be dead in 10 years."
It's a statement that will resonate with nearly everyone who came of age during the Cold War, but particularly the bitter end of the era, when nuclear annihilation became not just an existential fear, but also the grist of entertainment; the sort of plot point that would eventually give memorable roles to the great actors of our time -- the Steve Guttenbergs, the Patrick Swayzes, the C. Thomas Howells -- and might have even helped turn Ronald Reagan from a hawk into more of a dove. Or at least a hawk who didn't want mutual assured destruction.
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