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By Andrei Codrescu

The satan is alive and good and dwelling in the US, Andrei Codrescu tells us, and with strong cause. Nowhere else within the world--not even in Codrescu's local Transylvania--is he taken fairly as heavily. while Codrescu lightly derided the fundamentalist Christian trust in Rapture ("a pre-apocalyptic occasion in which all precise believers will be suctioned off to heaven in one woosh") in a single of his commentaries on nationwide Public, NPR acquired 40 thousand letters in a protest spearheaded through Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition. Codrescu was once warned to "stay clear of eschatology."

Thankfully for us, he hasn't. In The satan by no means Sleeps, certainly one of America's shrewdest social critics units out to discover the Devil's newest and insidiously banal incarnations. as soon as simply recognizable by way of his horns, tail, and propensity for plague, present day satan has turn into embedded in each fiber of our tradition. Discussing every thing from rock 'n' roll to William Burroughs to New Orleans bars to the Demon of Prosperity, Codrescu sarcastically unmasks outdated Nick because the opportunistic technocrat he relatively is. Embracing cellphones, cable entry, and our on-line world, the ever-present satan of secular tradition embodies the real evil dealing with us today--banality.

In an international teeming with distractions, we're nonetheless greater than in a position to being fed up. Tormented as a lot via insomnia and its ravages because the satan (perhaps they're one and the same), we have now develop into as twenty-four-hour society, swinging desperately among tedium and terror and dozing fitfully, if in any respect. As Codrescu issues out, the satan by no means sleeps simply because we simply will not enable him.

With his attribute appeal and playful exuberance, Andrei Codrescu has effectively teased the satan out from the darkest recesses and comedian excesses of the human event. The satan by no means Sleeps is his such a lot splendidly perverse publication yet.

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