Synopses & Reviews
A survival guide to making it through to 2008 and a hilarious, kick-ass call-to-arms from "comedy's most fearless superhero" (Entertainment Weekly
Comedian and activist Margaret Cho's righteous comic rage finds its targets with pinpoint accuracy and is meant not only to entertain but also to champion the civil liberties and raise awareness for the social injustices that are her impassioned causes among them freedom of expression; gay rights; racial discrimination; and capital punishment. It is this blend of comedy and fervor that awakens the devotion of her legions of fans and permeates this book her vehement, principled, and resoundingly funny political platform to shake us loose of the politics of disillusionment and get us through the years ahead.
I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight chronicles Cho's adventures and misadventures in political activism and lays out what's right in no uncertain terms.
"The cover photo comedian Cho posing Patty Hearst-style before a Symbionese Liberation Army emblem aptly conveys this messy personal manifesto's collision of in-your-face militance and little-girl-lost victimology. The author mixes rants against war, racism, misogyny, homophobia and various prominent Republicans with confessional ponderings of her identity as a Korean-American, her difficulties with her parents and her problems with her body. The political and the personal are inseparable from the celebrity preening: 'I wasn't sure...which I hated more,' Cho muses, 'my skin color or my talent.' When she manages to break from her rage, tears and ego as in a riff on the Asian stereotypes she gets offered as movie parts Cho writes with perception and humor. More often, though, she wallows in screeds against the white male power structure, sprinkled with gangsta-rap posturing to establish her outlaw credentials. Even so feeble a patriarch as Andy Rooney is lambasted for 'his boring ass opinions on the stupid things rich white folks think about because...they are not worried about getting called a 'fag' in school, or whether or not you have the courage and stamina to press charges against your rapist.' Right on, Tania would say, but readers may wish Cho would lighten up. Agent, David Vigliano. (Oct. 20)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Here and there, Cho gets off a zinger, but for every good line, there's plenty of blatantly obvious blather and the occasional shopworn accusation....More or less a transcript from an Air America show on the verge of being cancelled." Kirkus Reviews
Cho chronicles her adventures and misadventures in political activism and lays out what's right in no uncertain terms. This is a hilarious call-to-arms from comedy's most fearless superhero.
About the Author
Margaret Cho has won awards for both her comedy and her activism. She has just finished shooting her first narrative feature film, Bam Bam and Celeste, and will be taking her "Assassin" tour across the U.S. in 2005.