Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, United States
Princeton University where Tom Carson received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
National Magazine Award which Tom Carson received twice.
(A skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific, running ...)
A skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific, running ammunition and passing the time with navy buddies McHale and Jack Kennedy, remembering the sweet caress of Screw-Me Susie. A New York millionaire reunites with his prep school classmate Alger Hiss and journeys to an unusual downtown cafe to meet a bearded friend. A young woman and her confidante Daisy Buchanan sink into the languor of the Hamptons and Provincetown. A buxom redhead from Alabam-don't-give-a-damn travels to Hollywood, in search of fame and fortune. A charismatic professor assists Robert Oppenheimer with his desert calculations and is henceforth the author of every American political conspiracy. And Mary-Ann Kilroy leaves Russell, Kansas, for Paris and love, only to discover that you can never go home (nor leave the island). But beneath these stories is the story of their author, an institutionalized shadow man who has twisted the histories of six characters into a pastiche of American history.
(She was born during the Jazz Age and grew up in Paris and...)
She was born during the Jazz Age and grew up in Paris and the American Midwest after her father's death on the polo field and her mother's later suicide. As a young war reporter, she waded ashore on Omaha Beach and witnessed the liberation of Dachau. She spent the 1950s hobnobbing in Hollywood with Marlene Dietrich and Gene Kelly. She went to West Africa as an Ambassador's wife as Jack Kennedy's Camelot dawned. She comforted a distraught LBJ in Washington, DC, as the Vietnam war turned into a quagmire. And today? Today, it's June 6, 2006: Pamela Buchanan Murphy Gerson Cadwaller's 86th birthday. With some asperity, she's waiting for a congratulatory phone call from the President of the United States.
(Roosting "like a falcon" in her memorabilia-crammed apart...)
Roosting "like a falcon" in her memorabilia-crammed apartment on upper Connecticut Avenue in the District of Columbia as she waits for a congratulatory phone call from President George W. Bush on the morning of her 86th birthday - why? Because "The old bag will never make it to ninety," and Pam, among other accomplishments, not to mention marriages, is the widow of distinguished diplomat Robert Anson "Hopsie" Cadwaller - she fires off one tetchily lyrical blog post after another recalling her eight tumultuous decades in the swarm of the "American Century." But as she frantically inputs her memories 60-plus years later, she's racing a clock of her own; the man she calls "Potus" doesn't know she plans to disrupt his congratulatory phone call by blowing her brains out with Cadwaller's gun because enough is enough and she can't stand "this awful and unending war." Which one she means keeps getting more mysterious, though.
Tom Carson was educated at Princeton University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977.
Tom Carson began writing at the university. In 1979, he was the youngest contributor - with an essay on the Ramones - to Greil Marcus's celebrated rock anthology, Stranded. In 1988, he joined Los Angeles Weekly as a staff writer, the position he held till 1993. From 1994 till 1999, he was a staff writer at Village Voice. He wrote extensively about pop culture and politics for these two periodicals. Then in 1999, he began his work at Esquire as an author of the column "Screen." He contributed over the years to publications, including Rolling Stone, Boston Phoenix, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and others. As a writer for Publishers Weekly, he served as a consistently intelligent voice brought to bear on a medium in sore need of astute criticism. His fiction and poetry appeared in Black Clock. His verse and other random writings can be found at tomcarson.net. He also contributed to anthologies, including The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll.
In addition to his journalistic career, Carson is a freelance writer. His first novel, Twisted Kicks, was published in 1981. It is a novel about a punk rock singer who gets in trouble in New York. In this book, Tom Carson captures the humor and horror of a rock and roll adolescence and creates an unforgettable gallery of survivors and casualties. Gilligan's Wake is Carson's novel loosely based on the 1960s CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island from the viewpoints of the seven major characters. The story is told in seven chapters each of them featuring a character from the television show.
Tom Carson is also known for his books about the daughter of Daisy Buchanan, the character of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. When readers met Pamela Buchanan in the pages of "The Great Gatsby" she was about two years old. As Daisy Buchanan's Daughter opens, she is in her 80s, waiting for a birthday call from President George W. Bush, during which she intends to blow her brains out to protest the Iraq war. The novel is full of volubility, the detail of its fictional landscape, the sheer breadth of travels through time and space. The author skims surface after well-observed surface, always with skill and ease, but rarely allowing the reader any space for contemplation. In three books about Pamela Buchanan, published in 2011-2013, he defines Pam's American century as a fictional world full of trivia and distraction.
(Roosting "like a falcon" in her memorabilia-crammed apart...)2013
(A skipper plies the waters of the South Pacific, running ...)2003
(She was born during the Jazz Age and grew up in Paris and...)2011
(Dan Lang, a punk rocker, returns to his hometown in Virgi...)1981
Tom Carson married Arion Berger on December 3, 1988.