Republican Party Reptile: The Confessions, Adventures, Essays and (Other) Outrages of P.J. O'Rourke

Republican Party Reptile: The Confessions, Adventures, Essays and (Other) Outrages of P.J. O'Rourke

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by P. J. O'Rourke
     
 

The Republican Party Reptile is a creature of the eighties. It's neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles. In the twenty-one pieces in this book, P.J. O'Rourke, reactionary and humorist, articulates this strange philosophy and shows us the progenitor of the species (namely himself) in action.See more details below

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The Republican Party Reptile is a creature of the eighties. It's neoconservatism with its pants down around its ankles. In the twenty-one pieces in this book, P.J. O'Rourke, reactionary and humorist, articulates this strange philosophy and shows us the progenitor of the species (namely himself) in action.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The humorous essays in O'Rourke's first collection originally appeared in publications ranging from Harper's, House and Garden and the Wall Street Journal to National Lampoon. Certainly the title will not appeal to most liberals, and selections like ``How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Having Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink'' will make conservatives frown. Perhaps the audience is limited to the eponymous ``Republican Party Reptiles,'' whom O'Rourke describes in the following terms: ``We look like Republicans, and think like conservatives, but we drive a lot faster and keep vibrators and baby oil and a video camera behind the stack of sweaters on the bedroom closet shelf.'' Those who have previously read and enjoyed the refreshingly funny ``Moving to New Hampshire'' and ``An Intellectual Experiment'' might find the rest of this collection disappointing and pointlessly offensive. (April)
Library Journal
These 21 ``essays and outrages'' by humorist O'Rourke are certainly wide-ranging, as evidenced by the publications in which they first appeared: National Lampoon (where he was editor during the late Seventies), Rolling Stone , House and Garden , Car and Driver , Harper's , and Wall Street Journal. Of his ``party'' he says, ``We look like Republicans, and think like conservatives, but we drive a lot faster. . . . '' Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, his outlook and presention are usually quite funny (but sometimes a bit too rude). O'Rourke is at his best when covering news of the day, as in ``In Search of the Cocaine Pirates'' and ``Goons, Guns, and Gold,'' and mocking the media, as in ``A Long, Thoughtful Look Back at the Last Fifteen Minutes.'' For most humor collections. Susan Avallone, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871131454
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
220

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Republican Party Reptile

Essays and Outrages
By P. J. O'Rourke

Grove Atlantic, Inc.

Copyright © 1987 P. J. O'Rourke
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-87113-622-8


Chapter One

As once anything was excusable in the name of patriotism, now anything is excusable in the name of safety. We will kiss some low place on every dishtowel-head in the Levant rather than have a single breeder reactor on our shores. We will make every lube artist in America learn Japanese rather than produce an enjoyable automobile ... This is treason. America was founded on danger. How many lifeboat drills were held on the Mayflower? Where were the smoke detectors in the Lincoln family cabin? Who checked to see whether Indian war paint was made with Red Dye No. 2? It was the thrilling, vast, wonderful danger of America which drew people here from all over the world-spacious skies filled with blizzards and tornadoes, purpled mountain majesties to fall off, and fruited plains full of snarling animals and armed aborigines. America is a dangerous country. Safety has no place here.

In fact, safety has no place anywhere. Everything that's fun in life is dangerous. Horse races, for instance, are very dangerous. But attempt to design a safe horse and the result is a cow (an appalling animal to watch at the trotters). And everything that isn't fun is dangerous too.... Death was invented so we could have evolution. Theprocess of Darwinian selection does not work on things that don't die. If it weren't for death we would all still be amoebas and would have to eat by surrounding things with our butts.

(Continues...)



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