Thrown Under the Omnibus: A Reader

By P J O'rourke
P.J. O Rourke has had a prolific career as one of America s most celebrated humorists. But that career almost didn t happen. As he tells it, I began to write for pay in the spring of 1970. To tell the truth I didn t even mean to be a writer, I meant to be a race car driver, but I didn t have a race car.
Fortunately for us, he had to settle for writing. From his early pieces for the "National Lampoon," through his classic reporting as "Rolling Stone s" International Affairs editor in the 80s and 90s, and his brilliant, inimitable political journalism and analysis, P.J. has been entertaining and provoking readers with high octane prose, a gonzo Republican attitude and a rare ability to make you laugh out loud. Chris Buckley once described his work as S.J. Perlman on acid and when Penguin first published its "Dictionary of Modern Humorous Quotations" PJ had more entries than any living writer.
For the first time "Thrown Under the Omnibus" brings together his funniest, most outrageous, most controversial and most loved pieces in the definitive P.J. reader. Handpicked and introduced by the humorist himself, "Thrown Under the Omnibus" is the essential P.J. O Rourke anthology.

Praise for "Thrown Under the Omnibus" The world is short on laughs these days . . . Excellent timing, then, for the release of a thick collection of humorist P.J. O Rourke s work, culled from his 16 books by the author himself . . . Mr. O Rourke has had a full and illustrious career, including stints at "National Lampoon," "Car and Driver" and "Rolling Stone." He occupies a rare place among the laughing class: He has somehow avoided the orifice obsession that captivates many of its members; he identifies as Republican; and he is no mere thumb-sucker, having visited more than 40 countries to report on wars, regime changes, economic revolutions and the experience of drinking cocktails garnished with the poison sacs of cobras. "Wall Street Journal" Outspoken conservatives have long been a minority in comedy, particularly in the mainstream media, 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. "New York Times Book Review" [P.J. O Rourke] was really the first to inject-non-liberal hilarity into political discourse . . . But more important, he was able to yank conservatives out of the hands of the humorless and shrill, and make such writing accessible . . . He changed my life . . . If you don t know himyou have your chance. Buy his new omnibusan anthology of more good writing than you d find in ten years of reading Proust. Greg Gutfeld The only member of Woodstock Nation smart enough to brand himself as a conservative . . . O Rourke s career omnibus is best enjoyed from the depths of a button back chair with a glass of something golden at your side. Since the book is impossible to lift, the chair should be a stout one. "Independent" (UK) Praise for P.J. O'Rourke: "Whether you agree with him or not, P.J. writes a helluva piece."Richard Nixon "P.J. O Rourke is like S.J. Perelman on acid."Chris Buckley "The funniest writer in America.""Wall Street Journal" "
"Whether you agree with him or not, PJ writes a helluva piece."--Richard Nixon "PJ O'Rourke is like S.J. Perelman on acid"--Chris Buckley "Funniest writer in America"--Wall Street Journal


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Publisher Grove Press
Publish date 11/22/2016
Pages 864
ISBN-13 9780802125675
ISBN-10 0802125670
Language English

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