Let me just say that Matt Taibbi kicks much ass, so when I say this next part don't shoot me. Whenever I see him on Bill Maher I think he swears too m...moreLet me just say that Matt Taibbi kicks much ass, so when I say this next part don't shoot me. Whenever I see him on Bill Maher I think he swears too much. Yes, a contradiction but then I am full of contradictions.
Anyway, kudos to Matt for being an intrepid reporter. I wouldn't have wanted to participate in the church he did, to find out why people are so deranged. But he did and I and this book thank him for it.
Told with a great dose of humor, irony, satire and bewilderment this book is a great journey. It goes into what makes Americans who they are - the good, the bad and the ugly. (PS if you're one of those 'love America types who can't stand for people to criticize your country let me say (a) you're no patriot, you're part of the problem and (b) this book probably ain't for you.)
America is full of whack-a-doodles, tin-foil hat wearers, wingnuts, freaks and general misfits. Always has been. But over the years we've morphed our psyches, twisted them actually, into something perverse, egotistical and painful. We're still shouting 'We're #1' with big foam fingers to people who are actually passing us in the global race. How much dumber could we be? Plenty, actually.
Because on top of that, we think we're moral. Well, we're really not but religion works for good cover in the interim. We're greedy, self-interested folks who happen to like to shop a lot and eat a lot, and in some case, pray a lot. We critize the intellectuals, and despise elitism (?), and then get mad when someone says we cling to guns and religion - but we ARE clinging to guns and religion. lol
Matt's book goes a long way to exploring this cultural dichotomy and it's development. I found myself either shaking my head or chuckling - we ARE deranged, and that's not always a bad thing.
In the end though, we probably should work on being more united and being on a more even keel - we should probably work to be of the world and not above it, but it seems hard to comprehend how we can do that being so myopic. Make no mistake unless we get ourselves to a cultural opthamologist, we are indeed at the twilight of the American empire.
What we need to decide is where to from here - but even that will be difficult if we refuse to put our glasses on to read the map.(less)
I fell in love with this book from the first page where the teacher's farmhouse burns down, a place where he hoped to have sex with women from the cou...moreI fell in love with this book from the first page where the teacher's farmhouse burns down, a place where he hoped to have sex with women from the country who were depressed or angry 'probably about having to live in the country.'
I quite enjoyed the read; it made me laugh and smile and was never boring. What more can you say about a book?(less)
Wow. This book was crazy, funny, loopy and well - I just plain liked it! The plot was fast-paced and the writing was even - the humor, though, was wha...moreWow. This book was crazy, funny, loopy and well - I just plain liked it! The plot was fast-paced and the writing was even - the humor, though, was what sold it to me.
From Meadow the 'mile-high prostitute' all the way down the line, this was a fun read. It wasn't super-deep, but not all books have to be. It was entertaining. And that makes it better than, say, Tolstoy or depressing love poetry.