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The Real Thing

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9780803220553 The Real Thing

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC

You may already know that Belgium is the most boring country on planet Earth, but do you know why? Or what makes the Mark 44, Model O Lazy Dog Missile Cluster, the sexiest piece of military hardware on wheels? Or how LSD edged out all contenders as the Platonic Ideal of illicit drugs?From cities to sitcoms, from scotch to soda, from English monarchs to French movies, The Real Thing is a compendium of the quintessential, providing definitive answers to some of the most compelling questions of our time: What confection out-cholesterols the competition? Why is The Country Club the country club? Which Charlie Chan proved the least scrutable? Author Kurt Andersen’s pithy pronouncements sparkle with wit, sophistication, and a healthy dose of skeptical good humor as he strips world culture of accumulated hype and accepted wisdom, laying bare the sine qua nons and the ne plus ultras in a sassy series of satirical essays that give credit where credit is due while simultaneously foreclosing on the bogus, the ersatz, the would-be, and the has-been. The Real Thing is the real thing. These days, that’s really something. New York Times "As if Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett weren't enough in the way of humor, the state of Nebraska has now given us Kurt Andersen. As his debut in adult public life-unless you happen to count being an editor of the Harvard Lampoon part of adult public life-Mr. Andersen has written The Real Thing. . . . It can be very witty, as well as a number of other things."— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
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Item Details

New
paperback
Kurt Andersen
Bison Books
December 31, 2007
9780803220553
M1560