The Sprawl: Reconsidering the Weird American Suburbs by Jason Diamond
From Coffee House Press:
FROM GARAGE ROCK TO GRETA GERWIG, JASON DIAMOND ASKS US TO RECONSIDER THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE AMERICAN SUBURB AS HE LEADS US DOWN THE CUL-DE-SAC AND OUT AGAIN.
For decades the suburbs have been where art happens “despite”: despite the conformity, the emptiness, the sameness. The familiar story is one of gems formed under pressure, creative transcendence fueled by suburban resentment. But what if the suburb has actually been an incubator for distinctly American art, as positively and as surely as in any other cultural hothouse? Mixing personal experience, cultural reportage, and history while rejecting clichés and pieties, these essays stretch across the country in an effort to show that this uniquely American milieu deserves another look.