Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces by Ian Frazier

Into the Wild

Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces Read Online Free - "A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense" (The Believer), Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America. Hogs Wild assembles a decade's worth of his finest essays and reportage, and demonstrates the irrepressible passions and artful digressions that distinguish his enduring body of work.

Part muckraker, part adventurer, and part raconteur, Frazier beholds, captures, and occasionally reimagines the spirit of the American experience. He travels down South to examine feral hogs, and learns that their presence in any county is a strong indicator that it votes Republican. He introduces us to a man who, when his house is hit by a supposed meteorite, hopes to "leverage" the space object into opportunity for his family, and a New York City police detective who is fascinated with rap-music-related crimes. Alongside Frazier's delight in the absurdities of contemporary life is his sense of social responsibility: there's an echo of the great reform-minded writers in his pieces on a soup kitchen, opioid overdose deaths on Staten Island, and the rise in homelessness in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg.

In each dizzying discovery, Hogs Wild unearths the joys of inquiry without agenda, curiosity without calculation. To read Frazier is to become a kind of social and political anthropologist--astute and deeply engaged.

Title : Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces
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ISBN : 0374298521
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Judy rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2016

Excellent set of essays/short articles. I enjoyed his writing much more here than that of the last book I read about traveling through the most northerly inhabited places.

Danny rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2017

Very good collection of "essays" (mostly magazine articles?) by an author with whom I was previously unfamiliar. Frazier's pieces are all written first-person, usually involving him giving a direct account of the people and places he is reporting on. He tackles a wide variety of subjects from hom...

Jim rated it ★★★★☆

December 25, 2017

I consider myself pretty well-read, but until about a month ago, I'd never heard of Ian Frazier. But, by chance I saw his earlier work "Gone to New York: Adventures in the City" in the local library, gave it a read, and was highly impressed with his work, so I added some other titles of his to my...

Jeff rated it ★★★☆☆

January 21, 2018

Essays about homeless populations in New York, wild hogs, horseshoe crabs, etc. Quality writing but he content was generally not that enthralling. Imagine ‘this American life’ with more science.

Olga rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2016

Nature running wild, and People too, on Staten Island, Plus hogs and carp and fungus, all in abundance.

Barbara rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2016

This is a collection of pieces previously published in Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Outside magazines. It's an eclectic mix and all fascinating (to me anyway). Mr. Frazier writes of the homeless in NYC, security at tough hip-hop and rap clubs, feral hogs, Irving Berlin a...

Kenzie rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2016

I like essays and long format articles like the New Yorker before it became a classy staple. I like the author's writing it is as if he's sitting across from you. Sure, there are some breaks for quick explanations but it has a nice flow of many different topics. Maybe, like a neighbor trying to s...

John rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

I have always enjoyed Ian Frazier's writing. These pieces bring out his curiosity, more than his usual humor, though it is in them, but more subtely. Most of the pieces take place around New York City and help us understand the city better. I liked the variety of topics in the essays. One of his...

Hal rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2016

I thought this one started off very strong, and then sort of dragged on, even though I like his literary asides and turns of phrase. It's a pretty long book. It probably would've been better to just read one essay per week, but it's a library book, so what can you do.

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

October 01, 2016

I guess I was expecting humor here, so I was a little disappointed, but he is a good writer. Many of the reports were interesting, though a few I just skipped over because they didn't appeal. Many touched on aspects of our generation, and those I liked best.

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