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Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody

Ian Frazier

Picador

Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody is a collection of five extended essays that appeared in The New Yorker from 1978 to 1986. In the tradition of A. J. Liebling and Joseph Mitchell, Ian Frazier raises journalism to high literary art. His vivid stories showcase a strange and wonderful parade of American life, from portraits of Heloise, the syndicated household-hints columnist, and Jim Deren, the urban fly-fisher’s guru, to small-town residents in western Kansas preparing to celebrate a historic, mutual massacre, to which they invite the Cheyenne Indians’ descendants with the promise of free bowling.

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NOBODY BETTER, BETTER THAN NOBODY
Authentic Accounts of MassacresThe town of Oberlin, Kansas, is in the northwest corner of the state, eighty-three miles east of the Kansas-Colorado state line and a hundred and seven miles west of the geographical center of the continental United States. Oberlin has a population of twenty-five hundred and a town whistle that blows five times a day--at seven in the morning, at noon, at one in the afternoon, at six in the evening, and at ten at night--and it is the county seat of Decatur County. It was named after the town of Oberlin, Ohio. In 1878, it changed
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"Subtle...The unwary reader never knows what Frazier is up to until he's hooked." --The Boston Globe

"Wickedly funny...[A] rare combination of humor and empathy...More eloquent in their directness than poetry." --The New York Times

"Five extraordinary tales profiling people and events in the coolest, clearest, most wittily perceptive prose you’ll find anywhere these days." --Forbes
"Subtle...The unwary reader never knows what Frazier is up to until he's hooked." --The Boston Globe

"Wickedly funny...[A] rare combination of humor and empathy...More eloquent in their directness than poetry." --The New York Times

"Five extraordinary tales profiling people and events in the coolest, clearest, most wittily perceptive prose you’ll find anywhere these days." --Forbes

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ian Frazier

  • Ian Frazier is the author of Great Plains, The Fish’s Eye, On the Rez, Family, and Travels in Siberia, as well as Dating Your Mom, Lamentations of the Father, and The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
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