November 12th, 2007

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Sixties Novels, Part 43


IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH, Jean Shepherd, Doubleday, 1966.

Here's another case of someone almost too famous to include here. (Although his fame is certainly waning and misty to a new generation.) But since Shepherd did epitomize a certain strand in the Sixties zeitgeist, we'll allow him his feature slot here. Read all about the man in his Wikipedia entry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Shepherd

It strikes me that the kind of polymath career Shepherd had might no longer be possible. Specialization is always easier than spreading out across several venues/media. I tend to think of two other similar creators from the past when I think of Shepherd: Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Allen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Kovacs

Would Stephen Colbert today possibly fit into those ranks? Famous on TV and through the occasional book? But he can't write novels!

Posted by Paul DiFi.