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With all her notorious, righteous comic rage, Margaret Cho lays out in no uncertain terms what's wrong, what's right, and what's definitely worth fighting for.

That includes: freedom of expression, gay rights, racial equality, the right to choose, and the right to life-a real life, on your own freethinking, liberty-loving all-American terms.

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Overview

INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL FOR PAPERBACK EDITION

With all her notorious, righteous comic rage, Margaret Cho lays out in no uncertain terms what's wrong, what's right, and what's definitely worth fighting for.

That includes: freedom of expression, gay rights, racial equality, the right to choose, and the right to life-a real life, on your own freethinking, liberty-loving all-American terms.

Cho's is a vehement, principled, and resoundingly funny political agenda, and with this manifesto she encourages us all to go through our warrior rituals now-it's time to get visible, get loud, and "get your war on."

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Publishers Weekly
Cho's blistering, funny and articulate follow-up to her 2001 memoir I'm the One That I Want, is a collection of essays declaring war on sexism, racism, homophobia and apathy. While many of the pieces have appeared on her prolific blog (www.margaretcho.com), there is a distinct pleasure in hearing Cho articulate them herself. Fans of the standup comedian's concert films (including Notorious C.H.O. and Assassin) should be aware that this is not a series of comic riffs but thoughtful, often incendiary manifestos. Unlike many comics who read with an eye on the upcoming punch line, Cho is a relaxed narrator who takes great joy in playing with words as well as ideas. She talks about the personal (her elastic sexuality, the media's reaction to her marriage, hate mail she receives), the political (gay marriage, the White House's "war on errorism") and pop culture (defending Courtney Love, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson and even The Passion of the Christ). Helpfully, virtually all essays begin with a new CD track. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 29) (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Comedian-cum-activist Cho gets us ready for the next election. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Standup comic Cho continues her reinvention as mouthy leftist radical, with mixed results. Most comedians make a big show of being politically incorrect, trying their best to outrage what little rectitude is left in today's jaded audiences, and few have been more successful at it than Cho. A potty-mouthed Korean-American worshipper of drag queens and trash pop culture, she's taken an act based on shock value and impressions (mostly of her mother) and refined it over the years into a self-actualizing ritual of rage and rebellion directed at anyone who would try to define or limit her. Unfortunately, what can seem hilarious and liberating onstage frequently looks pedantic and whiny on the page. Her book certainly aspires to be more than the usual quick-and-dirty collection of warmed-over stage material padded with lots of white space and large typefaces. Refashioning herself into a political radical, the author eschews "people are stupid" complaints in favor of rants about the white male power structure, the idiocy of the media, George W. Bush and his cronies and on and on. In fact, rants are pretty much all she offers, running from topic to topic in no particular order. Her kamikaze approach, akin to that of Aaron McGruder's faux-radical Boondocks comic strip, can work for a few pages at a stretch, but it doesn't add up to much in the end. Here and there, Cho gets off a zinger, but for every good line, there's plenty of blatantly obvious blather and the occasional shopworn accusation, such as calling Bill Cosby an Uncle Tom. More or less a transcript from an Air America show on the verge of being cancelled.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594482205
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Cho has won awards for both her comedy and her activism. She just finished shooting her first narrative feature film, Bam Bam and Celeste, and her 2005 "Assassin" tour was sold-out across the U.S.

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