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Blue State Blues
David Slavitt

2006 • 372 pp. 6 x 9"
Political Science & Government / Public Policy

$24.95 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6806-9

A political neophyte challenges the status quo or How a Cranky Conservative Launched a Campaign and Found Himself the Liberal Candidate (and Still Lost)

In this witty and sharply observant memoir, David R. Slavitt recounts his day-to-day life on the campaign trail, describing the often surreal experience of being a pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage GOP candidate running against a pro-life, anti-gay-marriage Democrat. When Slavitt decided to make a run for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2004, he knew the odds were against him. Though a well-respected writer, he was a political novice and a moderate Republican in a district where defeating any Democrat was next to impossible. But in the grandest of American traditions, hoping for the best and wanting to do some good, he threw his hat into the ring—and the result was a circus he could never have anticipated. From fundraising and door-knocking to angling for good press and mixing with nationally known candidates and officials, Slavitt navigates the choppy waters of state politics, learning as he goes. This is a fast and funny read that shows that American politics still has a heart.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Here is an inside view of running for office that is purely ingenuous, with no agenda other than reporting the details of the process as accurately and entertainingly as possible. What Slavitt has accomplished here is not only valuable, but unique; this book is wise, and brave, and hilarious.” —Daniel Mark Epstein, author of Lincoln and Whitman

“From the beginning, this run for office appears doomed, but the highly entertaining narrative includes moments of self-deception so convincing that we, too, want to go along with them.”—Henry Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Literature, American University

DAVID R. SLAVITT is the author of more than 80 works of fiction, poetry, criticism, and literature in translation. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Bennington College.

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