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The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Assby Bill Maher
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From the New York Times bestselling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's latest collection of political riffs and savagely funny suggestions for preserving sanity in an insane world.
New Rule: The next Republican Convention must be held in a giant closet. Every week there’s a new gay Republican outed. I have a feeling that “big tent” they’re always talking about is in their pants. There are so many Republicans in the closet, their symbol shouldn’t be an elephant; it should be a moth.
New Rule: If one of your news organization’s headlines is about who got kicked off Dancing with the Stars last night, you’re no longer a news organization. Sort of like, if you were on Dancing with the Stars last night, you’re no longer a star.
Media, celebrity, Democrats, Republicans, religion, children, marine life, electronics, that couple making out in the next booth — when it comes to lighting up his targets, Bill Maher is an equal-opportunity destroyer. The New New Rules offers Maher’s new and best-loved observations about the world around us, along with some modest tips for its improvement. Because wouldn’t life be a little better if the inside of the office microwave didn’t look like a Jackson Pollock painting, or if fathers stopped signing up their nine-year-olds to win free hunting trips? Scathingly funny and relentlessly unafraid of sensitive topics, Maher’s hilarious brand of realism is more welcome and necessary than ever. So sit back, read on, and enjoy.
"Controversial ultra-liberal comedian Maher follows his acerbic New Rules collection with more irreverent musings adapted from his popular weekly HBO show Real Time. Addressing his pet peeves from 2005 to the present, the book tackles everything from The Jersey Shore, to Ted Haggard, to porn addiction, to Rick Perry, as Maher traverses what things irritates him most and ruin his American experience. His alphabetized rules are interrupted by longer screeds, including his 2005 foresight about the financial and foreclosure crises of 2008, and a get-out-now letter to Levi Johnston, who fathered Bristol Palin's baby, around the time of the 2008 Republican National Convention. The nonlinear nature of the book takes readers back and forth through the later years of the Bush Administration and the first three of the Obama Administration, showcasing Maher's consistently unforgiving wordplay, snark, and strangely self-aware humility. His satire can be surprisingly humane, though he never misses the opportunity to pun, which makes every entry capable of surprise. The fearless and honest Maher remains the best cultural critic since George Carlin, and his most recent effort is as hilarious as it is precise." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited." The Washington Post
"One of the establishment's most entertaining critics." The New York Times
"Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth." Entertainment Weekly
From bestselling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's new book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world
A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to healthcare, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today. With another presidential campaign on the horizon and a stellar set of real-life characters to have fun with — "New Rule: If Charlie Sheen's home life means he can't have a TV show, then I say Newt Gingrich can't be president" — this enlightening and important book may be the best thing you pretend to read all year.
About the Author
Bill Maher is the host of HBO's Real Time and hosted Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect for ten years. He has created nine stand-up comedy specials, and garnered twenty-six Emmy nominations thus far. In 2008, Maher produced Religulous, the seventh highest grossing documentary in history.
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