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And members of the great and always re-becoming greater Colbert Nation. About two months ago, we celebrated the release of the newest manifesto from our leader, Mr. Stephen Colbert. By now, I am sure you all own and have studied this majestic work and its red, white, and blueprint. Inquiring minds want to know what you think! STEPHEN wants to know what you think. As he pointed out, he “is a humble man,” and a little ego-feeding is in order.
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Totally MAD (originally titled The New American Cookbook until cooler heads prevailed) is the ultimate collection of MAD’s most idiotic material, including such classics as Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Fold-in, A MAD Look At…, The Lighter Side of, Horrifying Clichés and The Shadow Knows, plus modern MAD classics including The MAD Strip Club and The Fundalini Pages.
Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn’t catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, reading it while watching the MADtv sketch comedy show or the more recent animated series on the Cartoon Network, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Then again, maybe not.
Includes “The Soul of MAD,” 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD’s gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot. These beautiful reproductions are suitable for framing or wrapping fish.
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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The folks over at the New York design firm ‘Doyle Partners’ have had the wonderful pleasure of designing both ‘I Am America’ and ‘America Again’. In honour of the ‘America Again’ release week, Ben Tousley has sent us in this wonderful teaser video the team created to celebrate its release.
Stephen Colbert reads the first chapter of ‘America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t’. If you don’t want to be spoiled just yet, hit the link and skip to a video from the Q&A. Though really, who can resist listening to Stephen’s beautiful reading voice?
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Begun as an open letter to strangers and fellow misfits, The Minus Times grew to become a hand-typed literary magazine that showcased the next generation of American fiction. Contributors include Sam Lipsyte, David Berman, Patrick DeWitt, and Wells Tower, with illustrations by David Eggers and Brad Neely as well as interviews with Dan Clowes, Barry Hannah, and a yet-to-be-famous Stephen Colbert. With sly humor and striking illustrations, The Minus Times has earned a fervent following as much for its lack of literary pretension as its sporadic appearances on the newsstand. All thirty of the nearly-impossible-to-find issues of this improvised literary almanac are now assembled for the first time, typos and all.
Reviews from Feather Proof Books.
“There is a wealth of striking, un-clichéd, ultra-modern fiction to be savored herein. If there’s a common aspect, it’s an unblinking, deadpan bluntness, even when describing beautiful things, and certain themes emerge: the creative process, body horror, addiction, mortality, lust.”- Indy Week
“Those early issues are impossible to find. The new issues are comparatively sprawling with great material. Getting all of this in one go is just a no-brainer. For all of the readable gems contained within (and there are many), The Minus Times Collected is something you excavate as much as read. As a chronicle of Kennedy’s staking out of a unique literary space, his boldness in sending it out in search of fellow travelers, his persistence, and ultimate success in cultivating a community of like-minded outsiders (many of whom have gone onto great individual success themselves), this collection deserves celebration and a place on the shelf of anyone who appreciates the truly independent voices of contemporary American literature. – The Chicagoist
“The finest almanac to appear in print since Ben Franklin brought forth Poor Richard’s Almanac back in 1732.” – Copper Press
The Minus Times Collected: Amazon | Drag City | Feather Proof
Ken Bain’s interview with the TV satirist Stephen Colbert is revealing both for its insight into Colbert and for its ideas on how higher education ought to work.
Colbert grew up in South Carolina, as the youngest of 11 children in a family that prized curiosity and reading. When he was 10, his father and two brothers were killed in an Eastern Air Lines crash. “After that,” he told Bain, “I saw my job as making my mother laugh.” He did so with jokes and antics. When he went off to college — first Hampden-Sydney and then Northwestern — he immersed himself in philosophy, then theater and improv. Both taught him about “momentary” failure and disappointment, set against “the light of eternity.”
He told Bain, the provost at the University of the District of Columbia, that bad grades didn’t “control him” but were “feedback.” Aided by interested professors, Colbert’s world view “freed him to take risks, to explore, to probe deeply, to find self-motivation in what he liked to do, and of all that to find an outlet for his creative energies.” If you think about The Colbert Report’s putative buffoon as someone steeped in Shakespeare, Shaw, and “A Man For All Seasons,” you may never watch it in quite the same way again.
Full Article: CNN Money.
Released August 27, 2012 Amazon | Harvard University Press.
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Patrick Rodgers, the Traveling Exhibitions Curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library examines the similarities between Stephen Colbert’s “I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, many of which were left on the cutting room floor of July Who’s Honoring Me Now? segment.
If you can think of any more similarities between the two books, head to the Rosenblog and add them to the list!!
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