That Does It: Desperate Reflections on American Culture is an enfilade of critical attacks on the absurdities, stupidities, and crimes of present-day American life. It's targets are dumb-but-dangerous politicians, infantile-but-invasive preachers, saccharine-but-poisonous cliches, mindless entertainment, spineless media, and a national lifestyle marked by manic consumption and extravagant wastefulness, narcissistic complacency, pseudo-patriotism, and the idiotic worship of more idols than you could throw a verbal IED at. The book provides a handy checklist of ills, from the life threatening to the merely obnoxious, afflicting the American psyche and body politic, which it then proceeds to submerge in satirical acid. This probably doomed assault on American cluelessness is recommended to all readers who have recently found themselves snorting indignantly at the nonsense dripping out of TV sets, car radios, talk shows, cineplexes, and White House news briefings.
Peter Heinegg obtained his Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1971. He is a professor of English at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and is widely published as an essayist, translator, and book reviewer.
Chapter 1 1. Paddling through the Deluge Chapter 2 2. Loonyland Chapter 3 3. Scoundrels Swarming in Their Last Refuge Chapter 4 4. A Nation of Make-Believers Chapter 5 5. Natural Splendor, National Squalor Chapter 6 6. Throwing Our Weight Around Chapter 7 7. Wait, There's More! Chapter 8 8. The Amerigun Way of Life Chapter 9 9. From Barbarism to Decadence Without Passing through You-Know-What Chapter 10 10. Hats Off, Guys Chapter 11 11. The Canting of America Chapter 12 12. It's Offal, It's Awful, It's All We've Got Chapter 13 13. Sludge, Slime, and Saccharine Chapter 14 14. What We're Really Good At Chapter 15 15. "News" You can "Use" Chapter 16 16. Feelthy Peektures of All-American Guys and Gals Chapter 17 17. Mothers, Don't Let Your Daughters Grow up to be Blondes Chapter 18 18. Up Close and Personal-Yecch Chapter 19 19. Conservatism, Face to Face Chapter 20 20. Culture Is So Over Chapter 21 21. Wigger Nation Chapter 22 22. American Catholic and Other Bright Lights Chapter 23 23. Sexual Wisdom From the Horse's Ass Chapter 24 24. Had Enough?