All Ears collects Dennis Cooper’s cultural criticism, a journalism that probes toward the meaning of this late century’s culture. Like Bob Mould, Courtney Love and Leonardo DiCaprio, the reader will find Cooper free of the manipulations of exploitative reporters. Guileless, Cooper wins our trust.
The obituaries here for Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix and William Burroughs are stoic, unsentimental and bracing. Essays on AIDS, youth culture and contemporary art take their subjects with passion.