The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

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by Bill Maher
     
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author and host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher’s latest collection of political riffs and savagely funny suggestions for preserving sanity in an insane world.

New Rule: The next Republican Convention must be held in a giant closet. Every week there’s a new gay Republican outed. I have a

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author and host of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher’s latest collection of political riffs and savagely funny suggestions for preserving sanity in an insane world.

New Rule: The next Republican Convention must be held in a giant closet. Every week there’s a new gay Republican outed. I have a feeling that “big tent” they’re always talking about is in their pants. There are so many Republicans in the closet, their symbol shouldn’t be an elephant; it should be a moth.

New Rule: If one of your news organization’s headlines is about who got kicked off Dancing with the Stars last night, you’re no longer a news organization. Sort of like, if you were on Dancing with the Stars last night, you’re no longer a star.

Media, celebrity, Democrats, Republicans, religion, children, marine life, electronics, that couple making out in the next booth—when it comes to lighting up his targets, Bill Maher is an equal-opportunity destroyer. The New New Rules offers Maher’s new and best-loved observations about the world around us, along with some modest tips for its improvement. Because wouldn’t life be a little better if the inside of the office microwave didn’t look like a Jackson Pollock painting, or if fathers stopped signing up their nine-year-olds to win free hunting trips? Scathingly funny and relentlessly unafraid of sensitive topics, Maher’s hilarious brand of realism is more welcome and necessary than ever. So sit back, read on, and enjoy. You may not agree with all his views, but one thing’s for certain: If you’re listening, you’re laughing.

Editorial Reviews

-The New York Times
“One of the establishment’s most entertaining critics.”
-Entertainment Weekly
“Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth.”
–The New York Times
“One of the establishment’s most entertaining critics.”
–Entertainment Weekly
“Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth.”
From the Publisher
“One of the establishment’s most entertaining critics.” — –The New York Times

“Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth.” — –Entertainment Weekly

The New York Times

“One of the establishment’s most entertaining critics.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Pundit Bill Maher courts controversy you say? He calls it telling the truth.”

Publishers Weekly
Controversial ultra-liberal comedian Maher follows his acerbic New Rules collection with more irreverent musings adapted from his popular weekly HBO show Real Time. Addressing his pet peeves from 2005 to the present, the book tackles everything from The Jersey Shore, to Ted Haggard, to porn addiction, to Rick Perry, as Maher traverses what things irritates him most and ruin his American experience. His alphabetized rules are interrupted by longer screeds, including his 2005 foresight about the financial and foreclosure crises of 2008, and a get-out-now letter to Levi Johnston, who fathered Bristol Palin's baby, around the time of the 2008 Republican National Convention. The nonlinear nature of the book takes readers back and forth through the later years of the Bush Administration and the first three of the Obama Administration, showcasing Maher's consistently unforgiving wordplay, snark, and strangely self-aware humility. His satire can be surprisingly humane, though he never misses the opportunity to pun, which makes every entry capable of surprise. The fearless and honest Maher remains the best cultural critic since George Carlin, and his most recent effort is as hilarious as it is precise.
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Kirkus Reviews
Less an actual book than a return to the print-media platform by a brand most familiar from television. "It's a joke book," admits Maher of this sequel to New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer (2005). As an alphabetized collection of bits from his "New Rules" TV segments (though some never aired), this book is meatier than a collection of top-10 lists from another TV brand. Yet the author acknowledges that he deserves credit neither for the concept (his program's head writer conceived "New Rules" as a running feature) or for "so many of the jokes in this book" (he has staff writers for that). Consequently, the book is a compilation of TV bits that have aired since the last compilation (which means some might be six years old) and some that didn't make the airtime cut for a variety of reasons, aimed at dedicated Maher fans who want all their favorites in one volume or at those who enjoy Maher when they see him but want to see how much they've missed. Example: "New Rule: The White House doesn't have to release the dead Bin Laden photos, but don't pretend we can't take it. We've seen pictures of Britney Spears's vagina getting out of a car. Television has desensitized us to violence, and porn has desensitized us to people getting shot in the eye." Though Maher's perspective on celebrity culture, marijuana, masturbation and China will be familiar to fans, some of the longer (rarely longer than a page and a half), more ambitious pieces reflect the sensibility he shares with Jon Stewart, with a cutting-edge humor that slices through journalistic hypocrisy--e.g., "We don't need a third party, we need a first party. This is because we don't have a left and a right party in this country anymore. We have a center-right party and a crazy party. Over the last thirty-odd years, Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." Funny stuff for TV viewers with short attention spans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452298293
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
151,627
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited."
- The Washington Post

Meet the Author

Bill Maher is the host of HBO's Real Time and hosted Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect for ten years. He has created nine stand-up comedy specials, and garnered twenty-six Emmy nominations thus far. In 2008, Maher produced Religulous, the seventh highest grossing documentary in history.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1956
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A. in English, Cornell University, 1978

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New New Rules 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 57 reviews.
DuelCitizen More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the funniest things I've ever read. So much so, in fact, that I finished it in less that 2 days. I am an incredibly slow reader with a tiny attention span, so that's kind of a record for me. If it could hold my interest, maybe it could hold yours too! That is... if you're not an easily offended conservative reader. If you are, I wouldn't recommend it. Not because it's not good, but because the voice of reason doesn't usually work on your type anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Maher and his work, but this book is a disappointment. After the first 50 pages,this book turns into a sad effort to finish the book for profit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one has their head up their deeper than Bill Maher....except maybe Chris Mathews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was the best show ever done by bill maher
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Funny. A fast read. Keeps your attention. Review and thoughts as to current events
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Crude and childish.
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Enjoyable and very funny. Try to read it over several days to avoid Bill Maher overload.
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sandiek More than 1 year ago
Feeling a lack of snarkiness in your life? Have no fear, Bill Maher is here. The NEW New Rules is a compilation of Maher's observations on politics, education, American culture, food, sex, sports, the economy, history--you name it, Bill's got an opinion on it and it will probably make you laugh. The book is arranged alphabetically. In each chapter, observations having to do with a subject starting with that letter are arrayed. Photographs are used to illustrate various points. Most of the material comes from various prior writings but some material is written new for this book and each new observation is marked as such. Love him or hate him, Maher will make you laugh. The material is R-rated so this book is not recommended for children, but adults will be hard-pressed not to find something to make them smile, if not outright chortle. This book is recommended for adult readers ready for some fun.
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WolfieSC More than 1 year ago
Great book for the liberals
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Nsp88 More than 1 year ago
Love Bill Maher and his sense of humor! Only complaint... the book is too short.
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