In Conversation: On the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land

A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land is conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke’s look at the current state of these angry and perplexed United States. But fear […]


In Conversation: On the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land

Authors:P. J. O'Rourke , Dave Barry


A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land is conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke’s look at the current state of these angry and perplexed United States. But fear not, dear readers – he says that’s what America has always been about. With wry essays on everything from our fraught history to the political effects of social media to the “Internet of Things,” the satirist delivers his signature wit and wisdom. He’s volleying with South Florida’s own Dave Barry, whose latest is Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.

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P. J. O'Rourke

P. J. O’Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. His Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, a contributing writer for the Washington Post editorial page, and the editor in chief of the free web magazine American Consequences. A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land (Atlantic Monthly Press) is a humorous look at the current state of these United States. P.J. O’Rourke says we’ve worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it’s no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been about. Consider essays such as “An Inaugural Address I’d Like to Hear” (ask not what your country can do for you. Ask me how I can get the hell out of here); “Sympathy vs. Empathy,” which considers whether it’s better to hold people’s hands or bust into their heads; or his impassioned argument on licensing politicians (we license doctors, we license dentists, we license beauticians…). The New York Times Book Review observed that “Outspoken conservatives have long been a minority in comedy […] which provided an opportunity for P.J. O’Rourke, who for decades cornered the market for prominent right-wing humorists. […] If his wry essays have a mission statement … it’s this: Starchy Republicanism is really, really fun.”

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns 40, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. As Dave Barry turns seventy—not happily—he realizes that his dog, Lucy, is dealing with old age far better than he is. She has more friends, fewer worries, and way more fun. So Dave decides to figure out how Lucy manages to stay so happy, to see if he can make his own life happier by doing the things she does (except for drinking from the toilet). His grumbling account on Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog (Simon & Schuster) shows readers a new side to Dave Barry that’s “touching and sentimental, but there’s still a laugh on every page” (The Sacramento Bee) Parade magazine said simply “We couldn’t stop laughing.”

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