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by Renata Adler

ISBN: 031227520X
ISBN13: 978-0312275204
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 25, 2001)
Pages: 400
Category: Politics and Government
Subategory: Sociology

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Renata Adler can be a scathing social critic. She can also be more than a little self-righteous. Both tendencies are on display in Canaries in the Mineshaft, her new book on politics and the media

Renata Adler can be a scathing social critic. Both tendencies are on display in Canaries in the Mineshaft, her new book on politics and the media. Primarily what they call in journalism a "clip job" of old articles, Adler shows a real joy in going for the jugular in some of these pieces. Her articles on the Starr Report and Monica Lewinsky's autobiography are truly biting. You'll be hard pressed to see Ken Starr the same way again after Adler's indictment

Canaries in the Mineshaft book. For anyone seriously interested in politics and the media Canaries in the Mineshaft is yet another proof that Renata Adler is one of the most delightful and brilliant writers of our da. .

Canaries in the Mineshaft book.

In 2001, Adler published Canaries in the Mineshaft: Essays on Politics and the Media, a collection of pieces from . In 1968, Adler's essay "Letter from the Palmer House", which appeared in The New Yorker, was included in The Best Magazine Articles of 1967.

In 1968, Adler's essay "Letter from the Palmer House", which appeared in The New Yorker, was included in The Best Magazine Articles of 1967.

Renata Adler is one of the most original, incisive and witty writers active in American letters today.

Canaries in the Mineshaft, Introduction. Adler is often writing about a writer’s position in the larger world. Decoding the Starr Report. A successful journalist graduates from being a writer or a reporter into being a politician or adroit entrepreneur-a fundamentally different business than pushing sentences. Adler herself is an example of another kind of writer, a writer’s writer, if you will. One without institutional protection, or even self-saving restraint.

Renata Adler (born October 19, 1937) is an American author, journalist, and film critic. YouTube Encyclopedic

Renata Adler (born October 19, 1937) is an American author, journalist, and film critic. YouTube Encyclopedic.

Canaries in the mineshaft. Essays on Politics and Media. The earlier articles in the collection seem to be offered in support of Adler's bleak conclusion about the state of newspaper journalism. 390 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press. But the introduction leaves no doubt that Adler's opinions of the press are what brought the book to market. The burden of her argument is found in the introduction and a four-page afterword.

Renata Adler is one of the most original, incisive and witty writers active in American letters today. Whether it be fiction, reportage or essay, her work is marked by a truly extraordinary intellect and a luminous prose that is penetrating, precise, deft and, often, very funny. In this new collection-which includes the early and definitive profile of the National Guard; the widely discussed and still controversial review of Pauline Kael; and the first major piece about foreign contributions to American political campaigns-Adler's wide-ranging reflections become focused on two increasingly fused interests: the politics which govern our public world and the media, which now actively distort and misrepresent information about that world. For anyone seriously interested in politics and the media Canaries in the Mineshaft is yet another proof that Renata Adler is one of the most delightful and brilliant writers of our day.
Comments:
Tegore
The second reading was as provocative and exhilarating as the first!!! So greatful for the reprint!! Miss her regular columns!!!

NI_Rak
Renata Adler can be a scathing social critic. She can also be more than a little self-righteous. Both tendencies are on display in Canaries in the Mineshaft, her new book on politics and the media.
Primarily what they call in journalism a "clip job" of old articles, Adler shows a real joy in going for the jugular in some of these pieces. Her articles on the Starr Report and Monica Lewinsky's autobiography are truly biting. You'll be hard pressed to see Ken Starr the same way again after Adler's indictment.
Included as well is Adler's 1980 hatchet job on Pauline Kael, House Critic (originally entitled The Perils of Pauline when it ran in The New York Review of Books). You don't have to admire Kael (as I do, with reservations) to think that Adler is making a mountain out of a molehill here. The final article A Court of No Appeal, is Adler at her most insufferably self-righteous. Even though she might have a case, her argument is always simplistically Manichaean -- everyone else is wrong and I'm right. Always.
So this book is a mixed bag. I can't wholeheartedly recommend it (if you're a Conservative Republican you're liable to drop dead of apoplexy by page 159), but Adler's insights and deliciously vicious style make up for her not-unoccasional smugness.

Faugami
This is a writer who faults Bill Clinton for testifying before the Starr grand jury at all. This is a writer who has read the Starr report. She has also read Judge John Sirica's autobiography, as apparently no one at the New York Times had done before they condemned some conclusions she drew from that book and other sources. This, in short, is a writer with a genuinely independent point of view who does her homework. Her subjects are varied: Watergate, the National Guard, the OIC office's treatment of Monica Lewinsky, Robert Bork's judicial "philosophy", daytime television, a late collection of Pauline Kael's movie reviews for the New Yorker, and others. I do not see that she can be faulted for self-righteousness when she backs up any accusation she has to make with almost an embarrassment of evidence. The book is also a pleasure for those who relish English prose that is finely wrought, not overwrought. She is astringent, delicate, devastatingly accurate, deliciously funny, and fair. The New York Times would do well to put her in charge of its OpEd page, and its Corrections department as well.

Jazu
I was enjoying Canaries in the Mineshaft until I came to page 127 in the hardcover version where Ms. Adler wrote:

"...[Justice] Stone, speaking for a unanimous, far from `liberal' Court in 1938, in footnote 4 of U.S. v. Carolene Products-the most important footnote in American judicial history." Adler apparently did not read the decision.

First, the decision was not "unanimous." Justice McReynolds dissented.

Second, Justice Butler only concurred in the result.

Third, Justice Black wrote that he did not agree with that part of Stone's opinion that contained footnote 4.

Fourth, neither Justice Cardozo nor Justice Reed participated in the decision. This means that the famous footnote 4 was agreed-to by only four of the nine justices-hardly a "unanimous" expression by the Court, as Adler says.

As Adler points out earlier in the book, in connection with an error made by another author, errors cause a reader's faith in the author to "unravel." Here, the error was not caught in 1987, when the article first appeared, or, recently, when Canaries was cobbled together.

Frankly, I stopped reading when I got to page 127 because I could no longer trust anything in the book to be accurate. The canary of truth died. As we say in the law: if there is falsity in one important thing, we may assume falsity (or unforgivable sloppiness) in everything.

Macage
This is a terrific book--it is written with great care for language and, presumably, truth. I am not an expert on any of the subjects Adler discusses in these pages, but I like to think that I have learned something important by reading her. I always did think Pauline Kael a terrible gasbag and clique-mongerer, and Adler goes the distance in proving that point. The Sirica contretemps is amusing and enlightening, and I have found her comments on contemporary journalism fascinating, if not controversial. I can't imagine that Adler is the easiest person in the world to know, but she is certainly a writer I want to read.

Frosha
I was enjoying Canaries in the Mineshaft until I came to page 127, where Ms. Adler wrote:
"...[Justice] Stone, speaking for a unanimous, far from `liberal' Court in 1938, in footnote 4 of U.S. v. Carolene Products-the most important footnote in American judicial history." Adler apparently did not read the decision.
First, the decision was not "unanimous." Justice McReynolds dissented. Second, Justice Butler only concurred in the result. Third, Justice Black wrote that he did not agree with that part of Stone's opinion that contained footnote 4. Fourth, neither Justice Cardozo nor Justice Reed participated in the decision. This means that the famous footnote 4 was agreed-to by only four of the nine justices-hardly a "unanimous" expression by the Court, as Adler says.
As Adler points out earlier in the book, in connection with an error made by another author, errors cause a reader's faith in the author to "unravel." Here, the error was not caught in 1987, when the article first appeared, or, recently, when Canaries was cobbled together.
Frankly, I stopped reading when I got to page 127 because I could no longer trust anything in the book to be accurate. The canary of truth died

MEGA FREEDY
This is a wonderful book full of provocative essays on the most important issues of our time. The material on the power of the press is wonderful.
Blake Fleetwood

Enlightening and erudite. Illuminating observations about American politics!! If only our political leaders would pay attention.

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