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url 2014-06-05 16:09
Stephen Colbert Ripped Amazon Apart Over its Hachette Dispute
Stephen Colbert, an author whose books have been published by Hachette, took Amazon to task last night on his show over its dispute with Amazon. He also managed to make "California" by Edan Lepucki an immediate bestseller and flood the website for Powell's. I don't always agree with Stephen Colbert but I agree and support him with what he did last night.
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review 2014-01-25 00:00
America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't - Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman Sadly, not up to Colbert Report levels of hilarity, at least not in audiobook format.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-08-17 19:27
I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
I am a Pole (And So Can You!) - Stephen Colbert,Aaron Cohen,Paul Hildebrand

I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) is a picture book from comedian Stephen Colbert (of the Colbert Report), so it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect it to be.

The cover showcases half-compliment, half-insult quotes from the late Maurice Sendak (whose two-part interview with Stephen Colbert can be seen here andhere). The back cover offers snarky advice to those looking to "learn more about poles". The front flap features a list of fictitious upcoming sequels. The back flap features sarcastic biographies of the author, "blurbist" (Sendak), and illustrator and jokes about the possibility of a Pixar film adaptation. It ends with some Colbert-style nationalism.

The thing to remember, of course, is that this is not by any means a children's picture book. In the vein ofGo the Fuck to Sleep and The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody (among others, this is primarily a humor book--and definitely for adults. Because unless you're intending to have a talk with Junior about what a stripper is... you really don't want to read this to your toddler.

I'd recommend the book as a (very) quick read to fans of the Colbert Report or adult-oriented picture books in general. I'd suggest viewing the above-linked interview(s) with Maurice Sendak first, however, as I feel they add quite a bit of humor to the book; alone, the book gets--from me at least--a smirk or a chuckle. With the interview?

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review 2013-08-08 00:00
I am America (And So Can You!)
I am America (And So Can You!) - Peter Grosz,Rob Dubbin,Eric Drydale,Michael Brumm,Allison Silverman,Tom Purcell,Frank Lesser,Laura Krafft,Jay Katsir,Richard Dahm,Glenn Eichler,Peter Gwinn,Paul Dinello,Stephen Colbert I set out with the intent of quoting my favorite passages from this book. By the end I realized there was only one: "I am America by Stephen Colbert." What, you ask? I'm saying the whole frickin' thing is quotable!

I Am America is hilarious from start to finish. I snorted, I chortled, I laughed so hard I accidentally drooled. This is everything I hoped it would be. I'm glad I finally got around to it.

My only quibble is a minor, half-serious one. I worry about the people out there who actually take this seriously. "Oh that's ridiculous," you say, "no one's stupid enough to take Colbert seriously." Wrong. When I was writing for newspapers back in the day, I would occasionally do satirical pieces. They were thinly veiled as such. I didn't want anyone mistaking my sentiments for my true feelings. And yet, some people did. I was astounded. It was a real reality check for me. There are still people in the world that take everything they hear at face value. I fear these people and I fear for these people. How is it they haven't all already been accidentally run over by buses?
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review 2013-04-17 00:00
I Am America (And So Can You!)
I am America (And So Can You!) - Peter Grosz,Rob Dubbin,Eric Drydale,Michael Brumm,Allison Silverman,Tom Purcell,Frank Lesser,Laura Krafft,Jay Katsir,Richard Dahm,Glenn Eichler,Peter Gwinn,Paul Dinello,Stephen Colbert I find that satire is best consumed in spurts, but the shout-y nature of Colbert's self-named character made this book more tiresome than most.The good: Margin notes act like the "The Word" on his tv show, providing counterpoint and insight. The footnotes were often funny. Colbert is good at getting down to a sharp satirical point and I loved those moments.The bad: I read a kindle edition from my library and the margin notes were interspersed throughout the main text, interrupting flow. While a lot of fun is made of advertising in American culture it is done through what looks like actual advertising. Why else would there be a random picture of Colbert in front of an Applebee's? Interesting and disturbing at the same time.
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