Synopses & Reviews
On the heels of George Carlin's #1 New York
bestseller Napalm and Silly Putty
comes When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?
infused with Carlin's trademark irreverent humor and biting cultural observations.
Here we go again...George Carlin's hilarious When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? offers his cutting-edge opinions and observational humor on everything from evasive euphemistic language to politicians to the media to dead people. Nothing and no one is safe!
Despite the current climate of political correctness, Carlin is not afraid to take on controversial topics:
- Carlin on the media: The media comprises equal parts business, politics, advertising, public relations, and show business. Nice combination. Enough bullshit for Texas to open a chain of branch offices.
- Carlin on the battle of the sexes: Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.
- Carlin on hygiene: When did they pass a law that says the people who make my sandwich have to be wearing gloves? I'm not comfortable with this. I don't want glove residue all over my food; it's not sanitary. Who knows where these gloves have been?
- Carlin on evasive language: Just to demonstrate how far using euphemisms in language has gone, some psychologists are now actually referring to ugly people as those with "severe appearance deficits." Hey, Doctor. How's that for "denial"?
- Carlin on politics: No self-respecting politician would ever admit to working in the government. They prefer to think of themselves "serving the nation." To help visualize the service they provide the country, you may wish to picture the things that take place on a stud farm.
The thinking person's comic who uses words as weapons, Carlin puts voice to issues that capture the modern imagination. For instance, why are there Ten Commandments? Are UFOs real? What will the future really be like? This brand-new collection tackles all that and more.
In When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Carlin's razor-sharp observations demolish everyday values and leave you laughing out loud delivering exactly what his countless fans have been waiting for.
"Stand-up comedian, TV writer and silver screen actor Carlin gets louder, angrier and more inventive with each passing year, and following 2001's bestselling Napalm and Silly Putty, he fires off searing satires, stinging social commentary and oblique one-liners in all directions. He targets Diane Sawyer's news delivery and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, dopey athletes and cutthroat businessmen in wound up, jumpy paragraphs. Crudeness abounds ('Do you think Dale Evans ever yelled, "Giddyup, Roy!" when she was getting fucked by Roy Rogers?'), but so does righteous indignation ('The energy criminals now refer to oil drilling as oil exploration. Instead of Mobil and Exxon, they'd rather you picture Lewis and Clark'). Some offbeat observations ('Wouldn't it be weird if they just buried you alive when you got to be sixty-five?') serve as springboards for mini-essays. But the theme, ultimately, is language. From the syntax of corporate rebranding (Patagonian tooth fish becomes Chilean sea bass) to the ethics of speechmaking ('Leader of the free world. I don't know when we're going to retire that stupid shit, but personally I've heard it quite long enough'), bad grammar, marketing lingo, meaningless sentiments, political correctness ('America's newest form of intolerance') and euphemisms all come under serious attack, making this a surprisingly fitting companion a sort of bad-ass cousin to Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Agent, Jerold Hamza. Forecast: Carlin's first book, Brain Droppings, spent some 40 weeks on the Times bestseller list; Napalm didn't match that, but it was no slouch. Expect Carlin's latest to hit the lists as soon as his Today show spot airs, if not before. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Here are more of his irreverent, hilarious takes on contemporary social and political issues...Carlin doesn't let current notions of what is politically correct stand in the way of his taking a jab." Booklist
On the heels of George Carlin's #1 New York Times bestseller Napalm and Silly Putty comes When Will Jesus Bring The Porkchops? infused with Carlin's trademark irreverent humor and biting cultural observations. Carlin offers his opinion on everything from evasive euphemistic language to politicians to the media to dead people. Nothing and no one is safe!
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller that takes readers on a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premier comics
George Carlin's legendary irreverence and iconoclasm are on full display in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? as he vainly scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence in his third national bestseller. Ranging from his absurdist side (Message from a Cockroach; TV News: The Death of Humpty Dumpty; Tips for Serial Killers) to his unerring ear for American speech (Politician Talk; Societal Clichs; Euphemisms: 13 sections) to his unsparing views on America and its values (War, God, Stuff Like That; Zero Tolerance; Tired of the Handi-crap), Carlin delivers everything that his fans expect, and then adds a few surprises.
Carlin on the battle of the sexes:
Here's all you have to know about men and women:
Women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.
About the Author
George Carlin is the author of several national bestsellers, has appeared in ten feature films, and is the recipient of the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Los Angeles.