No matter what state you live in, Colin Quinn has something unkind to say about it.
The comedian known for his barbed wit and thick Brooklyn accent is writing a book that will roast every state in the union, Vulture reports. Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States will be published by St. Martin’s Press.
The publisher says that in the book Quinn “calls us out and identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do.”
Vulture printed some excerpts from the book, including his take on Massachusetts: “[Tocqueville] said the average Massachusetts person’s love of discourse brought to mind ancient Athens. I’m sure he wouldn’t feel that way if he was in the bleachers in Fenway listening to a couple of cockknockers from Everett cursing and throwing their soft serve helmets at a group of kids because they’re wearing Tufts sweatshirts.”
And then there’s this about Texas, home state of Kirkus and of this reporter: “What is it about Texas? I can give you my opinion, but Texas doesn’t care.…I understand Texas because I’m from New York. Texas has the same attitude as New York. They think they’re doing you a favor by being part of America. It’s just how we are.”
(And on behalf of Texas: You’re welcome.)
Overstated is slated for publication on Sept. 22.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.