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Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

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Writing from the sanctum of his reign as America's premier political humorist, P.J. O'Rourke shares his strange, twisted days as editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, his numerous essays on the pleasures and perils of driving, as well as his in-depth looks at appropriate sports for middle-aged Republicans--namely those who can still be engaged in with a smuggled Havana between the teeth.

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Readers may be shocked to discover that America's most provocative (and conservative) satirist, P. J. O'Rourke, was at one time a raving pinko, with scars on his formerly bleeding heart to prove it. In Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, O'Rourke chronicles the remarkable trajectory that took him from the lighthearted fun of the revolutionary barricades to the serious business of the nineteenth hole. How did the O'Rourke of 1970, who summarized the world of "grown-ups" as "materialism, sexual hang-ups, the Republican party, uncomfortable clothes, engagement rings, car accidents, Pat Boone, competition, patriotism, cheating, lying, ranch houses, and TV" come to be in favor of all of those things? What causes a beatnik-hippie type, comfortable sleeping on dirty mattresses in pot-addled communes - as P. J. did when he was a writer for assorted "underground" papers-to metamorphosize into a right-wing middle-aged grouch? Here, P. J. shows how his Socialist idealism and avant-garde aesthetic tendencies were cured and how he acquired a healthy and commendable interest in national defense, the balanced budget, Porsches, and Cohiba cigars. P. J. O'Rourke's message is that there's hope for all those suffering from acute Bohemianism, or as he puts it, "Pull your pants up, turn your hat around, and get a job." "From the fictionalized accounts of his career as a hard-drinking hippie to the Benchley-in-the-age-of-macho lampoon of fly fishing, Mr. O'Rourke shows an incorrigible comic gift and an eye for detail that keeps the wild stuff grounded." - The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

Juvenilia delinquent: "underground" press, 1970-1972 — The truth about the sixties and other fiction — Days of wage: National lampoon, 1971-1981 — Drives to nowhere: automotive journalism — Essays, prefaces, speeches, reviews, and things jotted on napkins — Current and recurrent events — Bad sports.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871136534
Author:
O'Rourke, P. J.
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Author:
O'Rourke, P. J.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
O'Rourke, P. J
Subject:
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
O'Rourke, P. J.
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.5 oz

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Readers may be shocked to discover that America's most provocative (and conservative) satirist, P. J. O'Rourke, was at one time a raving pinko, with scars on his formerly bleeding heart to prove it. In Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, O'Rourke chronicles the remarkable trajectory that took him from the lighthearted fun of the revolutionary barricades to the serious business of the nineteenth hole. How did the O'Rourke of 1970, who summarized the world of "grown-ups" as "materialism, sexual hang-ups, the Republican party, uncomfortable clothes, engagement rings, car accidents, Pat Boone, competition, patriotism, cheating, lying, ranch houses, and TV" come to be in favor of all of those things? What causes a beatnik-hippie type, comfortable sleeping on dirty mattresses in pot-addled communes - as P. J. did when he was a writer for assorted "underground" papers-to metamorphosize into a right-wing middle-aged grouch? Here, P. J. shows how his Socialist idealism and avant-garde aesthetic tendencies were cured and how he acquired a healthy and commendable interest in national defense, the balanced budget, Porsches, and Cohiba cigars. P. J. O'Rourke's message is that there's hope for all those suffering from acute Bohemianism, or as he puts it, "Pull your pants up, turn your hat around, and get a job." "From the fictionalized accounts of his career as a hard-drinking hippie to the Benchley-in-the-age-of-macho lampoon of fly fishing, Mr. O'Rourke shows an incorrigible comic gift and an eye for detail that keeps the wild stuff grounded." - The New York Times Book Review
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