Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?: Insanely Annoying Modern Things

Is It Just Me or Is Everything Shit?: Insanely Annoying Modern Things

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by Steve Lowe, Alan McArthur, Brendan Hay
     
 

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An encyclopedic attack on modern culture so hilariously bitter that it actually becomes uplifting. Based on two runaway UK bestsellers, this new American edition has been ingeniously adapted and features exclusive new material for US audiences by Brendan Hay, a former Daily Show headline producer and contributing writer to America: The Book.
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An encyclopedic attack on modern culture so hilariously bitter that it actually becomes uplifting. Based on two runaway UK bestsellers, this new American edition has been ingeniously adapted and features exclusive new material for US audiences by Brendan Hay, a former Daily Show headline producer and contributing writer to America: The Book.

If you hate chick lit, Che Guevara merchandise, pop Kabbalah, cosmetic-surgery-gone-wrong-as-tv-programming, DVDs with ads you can't skip, or any of a few hundred other insanely annoying modern things, then this book will finally lend creedence to your frustrations.

Say NO to the awful ideas, terrible people, useless products, and infuriating doublespeak that increasingly dominates our lives. Never before has there been a book so completely full of shit.

Clearly, it isn't just you...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Lowe and McArthur filled two books for the U.K. market with cynically profane critiques of the ephemera of contemporary culture; this edition features material from those volumes combined with new entries from Hay, a former writer for The Daily Show. Nonetheless, a strong British streak running runs throughout, particularly when it comes to vocabulary such as "posh jackasses" and "cobblers to your iPod playlist." The targets are for the most part predictable-celebrities, rich people, George W. Bush, etc. How much space a topic rates is sometimes mystifying: the entries on Chinese Communist Party and the hidden teachings of Scientology go on for several pages, yet the Blackberry rates only a single line. There's even an entry on people in bear costumes on motorbikes advertising stuff-which, they say, "happens more than you might imagine." It's all amusing enough in small doses, but not quite as clever as, say, the Onion. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446543408
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/12/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Lowe has written for numerous publications including Q, Big Issue, and Blender. Alan McArthur was deputy editor of Solidarity and has worked on campaigns for free education. They met at Cardiff University.

Brendan Hay was a headline producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a contributing writer to America: The Book. More recently, he's written for The Simpsons, Frank TV, and The Mighty B! Born and raised in New York, he earned his BFA in dramatic writing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Brendan now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, playwright and freelance writer Jennifer Chen, and their three-legged cat, Bentley.

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