A dark and dry sense of humor can be a powerful tool, and in this latest collection of essays by Andrei Codrescu, The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed In New Orleans, the National Public Radio commentator wields his sardonic wit like a jackhammer. Codrescu wryly explores the political contradictions of postrevolution Romania by relating the challenges he faced as a vegetarian when he visited his homeland. And he cracks the guarded facade of Robert Duvall to reveal the loopy inner workings of an actor in pursuit of his character.
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