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Public Works
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Book

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DC 275BK DC 275BK
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1/25/2005

"Public Works is a collection of 17 satirical essays and short stories by Neil Hagerty. It brings together for the first time all of Hagerty's's short pieces which appeared in magazines and journals during his travels through the past ten years. Collected and revised, they form a newly realized endeavor which embraces a broad set of concerns: the starkly pallid 'Travel Diary' abets an elegy for the humor magazine CAR-toons, a short story set in the nexus of boxing and right-wing activism appends a conversation with the ghost of Al Jolson. We visit dark, dusty border towns and encounter the world within a dirty mattress. Such a classic literary genres as the western and the detective story are revisited through characters who are the compelling, ironic and humorous people we meet every day, as well as a few whom we pass without notice. Baked beans are also discussed."