Rants [NOOK Book]


Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here  

The New York Times called Dennis Miller's The Rants "a pleasing mix of profanity and wit...that will make fans of his irreverent liberal angst laugh out loud." Readers across the...
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Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here  

The New York Times called Dennis Miller's The Rants "a pleasing mix of profanity and wit...that will make fans of his irreverent liberal angst laugh out loud." Readers across the nation clearly agreed, because the book stayed on the Times hardcover bestseller list for months, with more than 130,000 copies in print. Now, an even broader audience can discover Miller's stinging wit in paperback.

Dennis Miller respects no boundaries. Whether the subject is dope-addled baseball players who can no longer swing their bats, do-nothing politicians who devote their careers to creating meaningful sound bites, or the nation's resigned acceptance of violence as a way of American life, these thematically arranged monologues are funny and angry. More significantly, they shatter the conventions of comedy by simultaneously making us laugh, think, and seethe.

When Miller takes the stage, the audience demands, "the rants, the rants, the rants." Here is the collection of his invigorating and thought-provoking monologues that showcase his singular point of view.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
You've seen Miller on HBO, where his anger-fueled (and Emmy Award-winning) monologues inspire fans to chant "the rants, the rants." Now catch him in book form...or on audiocassette... or even on compact disc.
Benjamin Segedin
Comedian Dennis Miller's The Rants a collection of more than 40 monologues from Miller's popular HBO television series, Dennis Miller Live is a one-two punch to those of the Republican persuasion. Although Miller is not everyone's cup of tea (some people get tired of his self-righteousness, his hair, and his "dick" jokes), he is not afraid to name names and bloody a few noses. He is a rarity in these days of safe comedians (e.g., Leno and Letterman): a comic with a point of view; his biggest fans are those who share it. They get off on his anger and his manic metaphors ("The First Amendment has been absorbing more potshots than the west wing of the White House" ). Even without the benefit of his delivery, his rants survive the transition to the printed page, reading like hilarious editorials. No topic is off limits, and he skewers everyone from humorless homosexuals to the PC police. Miller is a cross between Lenny Bruce and social critic Robert Hughes, a marvelously funny, socially relevant, and politically poignant pragmatist. "Of course," as Miller likes to end his rants, "that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."
Kirkus Reviews
Talk show host Miller (as in HBO's Dennis Miller Live) reconnoiters the sorry state of the nation with a gathering of raving, raging monologues.

"Now," he usually starts, "I don't want to get off on a rant here," whereupon the sage of cable TV walks the walk and talks the talk. Commenting on current events, Miller is a latter- day Will Rogers on speed. He's hot. He's cool. He's truly hip as he steers a course between laughs and logic. The editorial fustian covers everything from infomercials to schadenfreude, activism to parenthood, with a nod, inevitably, to the O.J. trial. He knows about men and women. "Women don't like guys who are dangerous," he instructs. "Women want us to think that because women are trying to kill us." There are references to multitudes who have achieved a few moments of fame and are scratching for the rest of their allotted 15 minutes. (Who will be able to identify Gary Busey, Dave Del Dotto, or Rico Suave a year from now? Who can identify them now?) The rap doesn't eschew all of the Seven Dirty Words, either, but, hey, "it's a madhouse out there," says Miller. He feels "like Heston waking up in the field and seeing the chimp on top of the pony." So don't expect Leno or Letterman (though there is an occasional decalogue not unlike a Letterman list). In Miller's Manichaean view everything is either Good or, more likely, Bad, and all is painted either black or blue. But as he admits in his standard tag line, "that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."

Much of the mockery is ephemeral hipster babble at a fever pitch, but there's also common sense and, okay, even a nugget of wisdom in what could be, if one stretches the point, a kind of self-helper for those simpletons whom Miller calls "mooks."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307766496
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 184,821
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Keep on 'Ranting' Dennis!!!

    If you are into politics, or interested in American sociology, 'The Rants' will surely bring a smile to your face. This book kept me eagerly awaiting the next page again and again. Miller's traditional sarcasm shines through this text just as if he were speaking directly to you! I would suggest this book if you are looking for some comical relief from everyday issues. It's alright to laugh at topics that are generally viewed as 'serious' every once and awhile!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012


    Dennis Miller has an infantalized view of the world and this awful book proves it. I don't know what happened to him but his schtick is whiny and mean. The most unfunny pile of crap ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    Good bathroom reading

    Dennis Miller's Rants are just the right length - about the size of a Dave Barry Column. You can read them one at a time in five minute bursts and get through the whole book in a week. The material is funny, but somewhat dated due to the current events of the time he discusses.

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    Posted September 20, 2011

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