Man Bites Town: Notes of a Man Who Doesn't Take Notes

Man Bites Town: Notes of a Man Who Doesn't Take Notes

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by Harry Shearer
     
 

Harry Shearer, with his sharp eye for whats ridiculous or fabulous, overblown or undervalued, has been one of the most consistently provocative, thoughtful, & funny commentators on the American scene for more than 20 years. Along with being a famous performer, he has been a columnist for the L.A. Times Magazine, where he took on everyone from Madonna to Daryl Gates, … See more details below

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Harry Shearer, with his sharp eye for whats ridiculous or fabulous, overblown or undervalued, has been one of the most consistently provocative, thoughtful, & funny commentators on the American scene for more than 20 years. Along with being a famous performer, he has been a columnist for the L.A. Times Magazine, where he took on everyone from Madonna to Daryl Gates, & everything from the mens movement to breast implants. This book, a collection of these columns, is a rich, funny, & smart slice of American life that provides a unique blend of wry skepticism, intelligent analysis, & comic exuberance.

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Joe Collins
Los Angeles is one of those places it seems no one is from, and the town has long been maligned as La-La Land and "land of the fruits and nuts." But native Harry Shearer, in his weekly columns for the "Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine", becomes a kind of a spokesman for the city, because, as the song says, he loves L.A.! Shearer is a cynical TV and film mainstay ("Saturday Night Live," "This Is Spinal Tap", and currently a multitude of voices on "The Simpsons"), but he has a soft spot for ol' Tinseltown, and his clever opinions on issues both local and global usually hit the target. He's at his funniest when marveling at the world's absurdities (the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the toilet museum, and the ubiquitous Madonna), but he also makes a few cogent comments on race relations, the "men's movement," why California is always short of water, and the recession. It's a great book to jump in and out of and pick up a few bon mots along the way, but the title is a little misleading--Shearer's obvious affection for his city leads one to believe the title could have been "Man Gums Town". A number of references to formerly newsworthy David Duke will lead you to reset your personal wayback machine to a couple of years ago, and even though Shearer provides his own tart alternative to embattled L.A. police chief Daryl Gates' retirement speech, the columns obviously ended right before last spring's riots, thus denying us any of Shearer's thoughts on his city in flames.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312088422
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/08/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
236

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