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Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

• Masterful writer: In The New York Times , David Brooks hailed Matt Labash as “consistently one of the best magazine writers in the country.” He is not alone. Considered one of American’s most brilliant writers by the journalism community, this long-awaited book debut presents Labash at his very best. A latter day Leibling, Labash’s collection will take its place alongside books by writers such as Calvin Trillin and P.J. O’Rourke..

• A unique voice that’s well-connected: Labash’s well-informed insights, self-deprecating wit, and provocative candor feature regularly in The Weekly Standard and have also appeared in Washingtonian Magazine , American Spectator , and on Slate.com. Extremely well-liked and respected, his media contacts are many and varied. He has declined invitations to appear on everything from HBO Sports to Meet the Press —but is finally willing to make the rounds. As LA Weekly wrote after his Detroit piece, “it’s not new to give props to Matt Labash.”.

• Remarkable collection: Full of wit, insight, and a trenchant grasp of the American scoundrel, Labash’s masterful profiles of men on the nation’s fringe—Pirate Kingfish Gov. Edwin Johnson, The Right Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton, Dirty Trickster Roger Stone—are published alongside devastating pieces on such dead or dying cities as Detroit and New Orleans; work celebrating such joyous, but overlooked pockets of American culture as Revival music and Rebirth Brass Band; and scathing, hilarious briefs on the nation’s great phonies—Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan, Donald Trump to name a few..

Review:

"Journalist Labash takes readers to the fringes in his portraits of people and places outside the mainstream and, very often, beyond our ken. His subjects are outlandish and unforgettable: take Dave 'Mudcat' Saunders, the hunting, cussing, NASCAR-loving political strategist who promises to deliver the rural white vote for the Democrats. Or Kinky Friedman, the Jewish cowboy running for governor of Texas under the campaign slogan 'Why the Hell Not?' His profiles of disgraced former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, corrupt former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Vice President Dick Cheney stand out for their affecting portrayals of the humanity behind the larger-than-life personas. On occasion, Labash settles for lampoon and ad hominem attacks rather that insightful critique, as in his too-easy rant against Facebook or his mean-spirited report from the floor of an academic conference on adult entertainment. But when he sticks to profiling the antics of the lunatic journalists, political hacks, and ego-loving candidates that he so clearly adores, he gives readers a real glimpse at the strangeness and silliness that suffuse American political life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this debut collection, beloved journalist Labash chronicles the outsized and outrageous characters who populate America's murky periphery.

Synopsis:

• Masterful writer: In The New York Times , David Brooks hailed Matt Labash as “consistently one of the best magazine writers in the country.” He is not alone. Considered one of American’s most brilliant writers by the journalism community, this long-awaited book debut presents Labash at his very best. A latter day Leibling, Labash’s collection will take its place alongside books by writers such as Calvin Trillin and P.J. O’Rourke..

• A unique voice that’s well-connected: Labash’s well-informed insights, self-deprecating wit, and provocative candor feature regularly in The Weekly Standard and have also appeared in Washingtonian Magazine , American Spectator , and on Slate.com. Extremely well-liked and respected, his media contacts are many and varied. He has declined invitations to appear on everything from HBO Sports to Meet the Press —but is finally willing to make the rounds. As LA Weekly wrote after his Detroit piece, “it’s not new to give props to Matt Labash.”.

• Remarkable collection: Full of wit, insight, and a trenchant grasp of the American scoundrel, Labash’s masterful profiles of men on the nation’s fringe—Pirate Kingfish Gov. Edwin Johnson, The Right Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton, Dirty Trickster Roger Stone—are published alongside devastating pieces on such dead or dying cities as Detroit and New Orleans; work celebrating such joyous, but overlooked pockets of American culture as Revival music and Rebirth Brass Band; and scathing, hilarious briefs on the nation’s great phonies—Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan, Donald Trump to name a few..

Synopsis:

Matt Labash has regularly regaled us with his incisive wit, self-deprecation, and provocative candor. Blessed with his uncanny ability for extracting comic humanity from even the wariest politicians, con artists, and rogues, as well as for shedding light on the darkest corners of our American experience, Labash is a singular talent, and Fly Fishing with Darth Vader for the first time assembles his best feature writing, showcasing the true breadth of his work.

Labash's masterful profiles of the outsized and outrageous characters who populate America's murky periphery — Pirate Kingfish Governor Edwin Edwards, Recovering Crackhead Mayor Marion Barry, Dirty Trickster Roger Stone — are published alongside devastating pieces on the dying cities of our nation such as Detroit and New Orleans. His hilarious tirades on the health hazards of Facebook and the virtues of dodgeball seamlessly segue into stories celebrating such joyous but overlooked pockets of American culture as old-timey gospel and the musicians of the Big Easy's Second Line. He chronicles Al Sharpton's eating habits on the campaign trail, fishes the Snake River with Dick Cheney, and investigates the great white waste of time that is our neighbor to the north.

Full of his signature insight and humor and marked by Labash's trenchant grasp of the American scoundrel, Fly Fishing with Darth Vader is the long-awaited debut collection by one of the funniest and most gifted journalists writing today, sure to be cherished and talked about for years to come.

About the Author

Matt Labash is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, where he has worked since 1995. He lives in Owings, Maryland, with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439159972
Author:
Labash, Matt
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United States Civilization 1970-
Subject:
Political corruption -- United States.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.56x6.32x1.19 in. 1.16 lbs.

Related Subjects

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Anthologies
Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Political
History and Social Science » Journalism » General
History and Social Science » Journalism » Journalists

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Product details 336 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781439159972 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist Labash takes readers to the fringes in his portraits of people and places outside the mainstream and, very often, beyond our ken. His subjects are outlandish and unforgettable: take Dave 'Mudcat' Saunders, the hunting, cussing, NASCAR-loving political strategist who promises to deliver the rural white vote for the Democrats. Or Kinky Friedman, the Jewish cowboy running for governor of Texas under the campaign slogan 'Why the Hell Not?' His profiles of disgraced former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, corrupt former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Vice President Dick Cheney stand out for their affecting portrayals of the humanity behind the larger-than-life personas. On occasion, Labash settles for lampoon and ad hominem attacks rather that insightful critique, as in his too-easy rant against Facebook or his mean-spirited report from the floor of an academic conference on adult entertainment. But when he sticks to profiling the antics of the lunatic journalists, political hacks, and ego-loving candidates that he so clearly adores, he gives readers a real glimpse at the strangeness and silliness that suffuse American political life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this debut collection, beloved journalist Labash chronicles the outsized and outrageous characters who populate America's murky periphery.
"Synopsis" by , • Masterful writer: In The New York Times , David Brooks hailed Matt Labash as “consistently one of the best magazine writers in the country.” He is not alone. Considered one of American’s most brilliant writers by the journalism community, this long-awaited book debut presents Labash at his very best. A latter day Leibling, Labash’s collection will take its place alongside books by writers such as Calvin Trillin and P.J. O’Rourke..

• A unique voice that’s well-connected: Labash’s well-informed insights, self-deprecating wit, and provocative candor feature regularly in The Weekly Standard and have also appeared in Washingtonian Magazine , American Spectator , and on Slate.com. Extremely well-liked and respected, his media contacts are many and varied. He has declined invitations to appear on everything from HBO Sports to Meet the Press —but is finally willing to make the rounds. As LA Weekly wrote after his Detroit piece, “it’s not new to give props to Matt Labash.”.

• Remarkable collection: Full of wit, insight, and a trenchant grasp of the American scoundrel, Labash’s masterful profiles of men on the nation’s fringe—Pirate Kingfish Gov. Edwin Johnson, The Right Reverend Dr. Al Sharpton, Dirty Trickster Roger Stone—are published alongside devastating pieces on such dead or dying cities as Detroit and New Orleans; work celebrating such joyous, but overlooked pockets of American culture as Revival music and Rebirth Brass Band; and scathing, hilarious briefs on the nation’s great phonies—Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan, Donald Trump to name a few..

"Synopsis" by , Matt Labash has regularly regaled us with his incisive wit, self-deprecation, and provocative candor. Blessed with his uncanny ability for extracting comic humanity from even the wariest politicians, con artists, and rogues, as well as for shedding light on the darkest corners of our American experience, Labash is a singular talent, and Fly Fishing with Darth Vader for the first time assembles his best feature writing, showcasing the true breadth of his work.

Labash's masterful profiles of the outsized and outrageous characters who populate America's murky periphery — Pirate Kingfish Governor Edwin Edwards, Recovering Crackhead Mayor Marion Barry, Dirty Trickster Roger Stone — are published alongside devastating pieces on the dying cities of our nation such as Detroit and New Orleans. His hilarious tirades on the health hazards of Facebook and the virtues of dodgeball seamlessly segue into stories celebrating such joyous but overlooked pockets of American culture as old-timey gospel and the musicians of the Big Easy's Second Line. He chronicles Al Sharpton's eating habits on the campaign trail, fishes the Snake River with Dick Cheney, and investigates the great white waste of time that is our neighbor to the north.

Full of his signature insight and humor and marked by Labash's trenchant grasp of the American scoundrel, Fly Fishing with Darth Vader is the long-awaited debut collection by one of the funniest and most gifted journalists writing today, sure to be cherished and talked about for years to come.

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