Off Ramp (2004) Chandra Levy, self-storage facilities, "Star Wars" fanatics, and water-bed saleswomen receive equally lovely treatment from Washington Post writer Stuever's razor-sharp eye. Rightly calling himself "a… 2004-07-06 Essays
Book Review

Off Ramp (2004)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jul 06, 2004; Writer: Hank Stuever; Genre: Essays

Chandra Levy, self-storage facilities, ''Star Wars'' fanatics, and water-bed saleswomen receive equally lovely treatment from Washington Post writer Stuever's razor-sharp eye. Rightly calling himself ''a man who thinks too much and too sadly about that which is faddish and gone,'' Stuever homes in on the banal but still-beating heart of Americana from stints in Albuquerque, Austin, and D.C. ''Xanadu Tuesdays'' gives roller disco aficionados a wistful shout-out; ''All Faiths'' considers the competitive verve of a Texas funeral director; and ''Notes on Kamp'' (slyly aping the title of Susan Sontag's landmark 1964 treatise) takes readers into the nether regions of a KOA Kamp-ground. In Off Ramp, Stuever writes in a warm, knowing tone well-suited to his low-key subjects, and because he misses nothing, these meaningful stories offer a master class in top-notch journalism.

Originally posted Jul 23, 2004 Published in issue #775 Jul 23, 2004 Order article reprints