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For those who can't get enough of "Dennis Miller Live," the frank comedian's newest and third book of rants, I Rant, Therefore I am, should come as supreme satisfaction. Once again, Miller lets his free-flowing comical spirit lay waste to all of today's hottest topics. In prose, Miller's sharp-witted, quick-tongued, hilariously poignant, and always politically incorrect voice cuts through loud and clear.
Kicking off the book on none other than the subject of talk shows, Miller heartlessly attacks his own profession. "Now, I'm not saying they all suck like airplane toilets, but you could safely conclude that the good ones can be counted on the one hand of a bad wood shop teacher," Miller writes.
All subjects and/or issues are given their own chapter titles, so thumbing through to your favorite rants will be as easy as pressing the remote. Titles include "Work-Obsessed People," "Neighbors," and "Taxes." But Miller's ruthless ramblings often serve as an educational forum. For instance, in his chapter on "Work-Obsessed People," Miller offers a guide on how to discern if you are in fact a workaholic and includes remedies for maintaining relationships. "Truth be told, in some sense, we are all workaholics, because getting through life is a hard job," Miller writes. "That's why whenever I spend any appreciable time now with my family, I insist that they cut me a check."
But what has made Miller one of the best comedians is his poignant approach to political issues. Always included with his rants are cogent answers to our nation's most urgent problems. Here, he covers a host of political issues, including "The Social Responsibility of the President," "Capital Punishment," "The Republican Party," and "The War on Drugs," among others.
In "Special Interest Groups," Miller digs deep into America's penchant for allowing small groups to become political heavyweights. "From the NRA to the AARP, any group with enough brains to slap a few initials together can have an influence on Congress," Miller writes. "What special interest groups are best at is magnifying their pinprick causes into yawning chasms of need."
Some of Miller's rants are already outdated, but you'll still get a kick out of his spewing about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, Y2K, and probably the most popular topic, the Oscars, for which Miller gives his own picks. I Rant, Therefore I am captures Miller's views on paper and proves that he is one of this era's great humorists—not to mention all-around nuts. (Kevin Giordano)