Dispatches by P.J. O'Rourke from a Divided Land
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Tuesday Nov. 17, 2:00 pm Pacific Time
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In his new book, A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land, P.J. ORourke says weve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and its no surprise because perplexed and angry is what Americans have been since the Roanoke Colony got lost. This astute and entertaining look at the current state of these United States includes essays on everything from our fraught history (Oh Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet?) to the political effects of social media (Whose Bright Idea Was It to Make Sure that Every Idiot in the World Is in Touch with Every Other Idiot?). A Washington plan is advanced to reform federal poverty programs, Just Give Them the Money. And a rant is made against the Internet of Things because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about whats in your refrigerator.
Included is a quiz to determine whether youre a Coastal or a Heartlander (you know organic, fair-traded, locavore, and gluten-free, but do you know hay from straw?), an impassioned plea to license politicians (as opposed to licensing beauticians!), and much more.
[P. J. ORourke] was able to yank conservatives out of the hands of the humorless and shrill, and make such writing accessible ... He changed my life.
Greg Gutfeld, Co-Host, The Five; Host, The Greg Gutfeld Show; Fox News Channel
[P. J. ORourke] occupies a rare place among the laughing class: He has somehow avoided the orifice obsession that captivates many of its members; he identifies as Republican; and he is no mere thumb-sucker, having visited more than 40 countries to report on wars, regime changes, economic revolutions and the experience of drinking cocktails garnished with the poison sacs of cobras.
Wall Street Journal
Outspoken conservatives have long been a minority in comedy, particularly in the mainstream media, which provided an opportunity for P.J. ORourke, who for decades cornered the market for prominent right-wing humorists... If his wry essays have a mission statement... its this: Starchy Republicanism is really, really fun.
New York Times Book Review