The summer of 1989 was a particularly turbulent one for Walter Chaw, who found solace in a little movie about the end of the world, Steve De Jarnatt's genre-bending Miracle Mile. Part memoir, part critical study, and featuring the participation of writer-director De Jarnatt, this monograph is a unique chronicle of the Reagan era that examines how the most public of media can give meaning to the most private apocalypse.
“Context is what Chaw provides for us in Miracle Mile as he examines the titular 1988, part romance and part apocalyptic disaster thriller—categories that encompass both the film and the personal story that Chaw interweaves with his analysis. His in-depth investigation of the film isn’t an attempt to elevate it out from cult status into the canon, but something more complex. Like Jonathan Lethem’s monograph on They Live, which Chaw cites as a direct inspiration, the book couches the film in the cultural context of the hedonistic paranoia of Reagan’s America—the America in which Chaw grew up and almost killed himself. It’s analysis is immersed in an aura of personal reflection and memory."—Oscar Moralde, Slant
All copies are new and signed by Walter Chaw.