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Nothing's Sacredby Lewis Black
Synopses & Reviews
You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.
With subversive wit and intellectual honesty, Lewis examines the events of his life that shaped his antiauthoritarian point of view and developed his comedic perspective. Growing up in 1950s suburbia when father knew best and there was a sitcom to prove it, he began to regard authority with a jaundiced eye at an early age. And as that sentiment grew stronger with each passing year, so did his ability to hone in on the absurd.
True to form, he puts common sense above ideology and distills hilarious, biting commentary on all things politically and culturally relevant.
"Comedy, pathos and politics intertwine in this occasionally lewd 'n' crude but surprisingly heartfelt memoir. Black, a playwright, stand-up comedian and Daily Show correspondent, looks back on his youth as a budding nonconformist while delivering comic rants against such tempting targets as Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Halloween, cell phones and Starbucks, and reflecting on his comic influences (a big one, reprinted here, was an obscene satire by Paul Krassner in which Lyndon Johnson violates John Kennedy's corpse). Since Black's worldview, he avows, has not changed much since his 20s, the book centers on his Vietnam-era student days and experiences with a start-up theater troupe. Hilarious experiences with pot and LSD take center stage, but he also recounts his dabblings in radical politics ('I was in the very heart of my youth. And my country was bombing the snot out of a little tiny country in Southeast Asia, and there but for the grace of God, I could have been lying in a pool of blood. It made me want to do something') and the exhilaration of his first dramatic triumphs. These formative years left him with the mouth of a shock-jock and the heart of a liberal, expressed in a profane attack on the anti-gay marriage backlash, an admission that 'I like seeing nineteen-year-olds alive and stoned in college' instead of packed off to war, and an appreciation of public works projects that stimulate the economy by building some 'Big Fucking Thing.' He's no policy wonk, that's for sure — and that's why his many fans love him so much. Funny photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"No one is safe from Lewis Black's comic missiles." New York Times
"Lewis Black is the only person I know who can actually yell in print form. Very entertaining read." Jon Stewart
A playwright, stand-up comedian, and a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart includes both his personal history and his observations on current events in this hilarious, informative book delivered in his particular blend of charged humor.
About the Author
Lewis Black is a playwright, a stand-up comedian, and a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His characteristic rants on the state of the nation have won him much critical praise including an American Comedy Award, a place on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Funniest People list, and an HBO special.
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