A relentlessly explicit and deliberately incendiary sendup of modern American society.

CUPCAKE FACTORY

A raunchy collection of skits, rants and fantasies about American politics and pop culture.

“DJ Ass Maggots” (Poseidon’s Tunnel, 2014, etc.) returns with a third book loosely structured around his Facebook page and its various comments fields generated by a “Council” going under such pseudonyms as Joey G, Neil Armstrong and LPR. These and many other voices are interjected into the author’s own as they tell pornographic stories, relate pornographic personal anecdotes, tell pornographic jokes and occasionally make deliberately provocative observations about events in the news. There’s an open letter to troubled former Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan; a list of “the 10 rules of drunk driving,” thinly veiled excoriations of bad roommates, acidic snapshots of Los Angeles night life and frequent allusions to outrageous conspiracy theories—that rapper Tupac Shakur is still alive, that singer Michael Jackson actually died filming a Pepsi commercial and was replaced by a white actor for the rest of “his” life, etc. More serious events such as the Occupy Wall Street movement or the Boston Marathon bombings are likewise exposed to the paranoid sarcasm of the author and his various “guest voices” (about the latter, for instance, “Night Writer, Esq.” writes, “Those of you idiots who don’t see that the Boston bombing—which was carried out on Patriots’ Day, the anniversary of the first shots of the US Revolutionary War—was in fact the first shot of World War III are living in the sweet bliss of ignorance”). This vaguely counterculture tone pervades the book (“are the student protestors here?” goes the rallying cry at one point. “Good. Are all the sovereign citizens here? Anarchists? Check. Anonymous hackers? Good”), and readers who can’t get enough of that kind of thing—fans of the author’s previous books among them—will find much more to entertain them here. Readers coming from a more conventional orientation will find this a toxic, misogynistic, hateful, sneering and tedious mess, and when told at one point “Maybe you shouldn’t have bothered reading this” will for once agree completely with the author.

A relentlessly explicit and deliberately incendiary sendup of modern American society.

Pub Date: Sept. 8, 2014

ISBN: 978-1499542264

Page Count: 324

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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