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Atlantic Monthly Press
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A Cry from the Far Middle

Dispatches from a Divided Land

by P. J. O’Rourke

Observations on the present political moment, and the absurdity that defines it, from the best man for the job: bestselling author and acclaimed satirist P.J. O’Rourke

  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Page Count 256
  • Publication Date September 15, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5773-7
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $26.00
  • Imprint Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Publication Date September 15, 2020
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-5775-1
  • US List Price $26.00

P.J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been about. This uproarious look at the current state of these United States includes essays like “Woke to the Sound of Laughter,” about the upside of being “woke” (and unable to get back to sleep); “Sympathy vs. Empathy,” which considers whether it’s better to hold people’s hands or bust into their heads; a brief digression “On the Additional Hell of the Internet of Things” because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about what’s in your refrigerator; and many more.

Dotted with a quiz to determine where you stand on the spectrum of “Coastals vs. Heartlanders;” “An Inaugural Address I’d Like to Hear” (ask not what your country can do for you. Ask me how I can get the hell out of here); and an impassioned argument on licensing politicians (we license doctors, we license dentists, we license beauticians…), this is P.J. at his finest.

Praise for P.J. O’Rourke:

“Whether you agree with him or not, P.J. writes a helluva piece.”—Richard Nixon

“P. J. O’Rourke is like S.J. Perelman on acid.”—Chris Buckley

“[P. J. O’Rourke] 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

“[P. J. O’Rourke] 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. O’Rourke, who for decades cornered the market for prominent right-wing humorists… If his wry essays have a mission statement… it’s this: Starchy Republicanism is really, really fun.”—New York Times Book Review