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What the L?
     

What the L?

by Kate Clinton
 

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I mean “What the L ?” in a buoyant, smart-ass, get-a-load-of-this, relentlessly optimistic, might-as-well-live “What the L?” tone. A leap of faith, if you will. And I will. I am a faith-based comic. In addition to the frivolous, salutary pleasure of laughing, I believe in the power of laughter to subvert authority and promote democracy.

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I mean “What the L ?” in a buoyant, smart-ass, get-a-load-of-this, relentlessly optimistic, might-as-well-live “What the L?” tone. A leap of faith, if you will. And I will. I am a faith-based comic. In addition to the frivolous, salutary pleasure of laughing, I believe in the power of laughter to subvert authority and promote democracy.

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Publishers Weekly
As in "Liberal" "Left" and "Lesbian." A columnist for the Progressive and the Advocate, Clinton offers deft takes on politics and culture, believing in laughter's ability to "subvert authority and promote democracy." If not laugh-out-loud funny, Clinton lands lots of one-liners. Our attorney general was "J. Edgar Ashcroft"; our author is no "America Frister." Noting that only Dick Cheney had acknowledged that his daughter, Mary, is gay, Clinton observes, "His lovely wife, Lon Cheney, demurs on the dyke thing." She's savage toward those would retool gays into straights, and passionate about the gay Catholics in the group Dignity willing to take on the church. The book mixes new material with previously published columns, and a few pieces are explicitly personal, such as one on Clinton's 11 years of coming out, and one in which she stands amazed that a movie like Boys Don't Cry got made. Clinton, who also works as a comedian, has formed the Permanent Standing Committee to Impeach Bush, but her calling is clear from the mail-order minister's license she got to perform gay weddings: "Call me the Irreverend Kate Clinton." Done. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lesbian comic Clinton (Don't Get Me Started, 1998, etc.) riffs on everything from SpongeBob SquarePants to the Supreme Court in this ultra-wry collection of columns and short essays. Rushing in where Ellen fears to tread-on people's toes-the author sets her sights (as in crosshairs) on everyone across the political spectrum. Clinton's smart, stream-of-consciousness rants, covering 1999 to early 2005, take on among many other targets the "Commando in Chief," not forgetting to throw in a few pop-culture references along the way. For example, she ties W's "global gag rule on contraceptive education worldwide" to the movie Resident Evil. Sometimes these combinations work, and sometimes they don't. When within a paragraph or two Clinton flits from drag queens to the Vatican to Martina Navratilova to Planet of the Apes, readers may have their own "What the L?" moment. Of course, she not only sticks it to "George Duh," but to his people and policy. On the Patriot Act, she remarks, "the sound you hear is the shredders chewing up the fourth amendment," and Condoleeza's fix for global warming, quips Clinton, is manufacturing a cold war. Sometimes nicknames alone serve as political commentary: Ken "Jean Valjean" Starr, "Roy Cohn's lovechild" (Ari Fleischer) and "the Roy G. Biv of terror" (Tom Ridge). She tackles WMD, Social Security and Homeland Security, but naturally Clinton gets much mileage out of gay marriage, aka "mad vow disease," complaining that "one of the cool things about being gay was that you didn't have to get married." She ultimately decides she'll fight for others to be "gay married," however, and even gets ordained as a minister of the Universal Life Church. Some of the more popculture-focused writings would work better in her stand-up routine, where bad puns about Viagra and "Bush fatigue" might be funnier after a cocktail. Veers wildly among topics, but covers recent political history and gay rights issues with rapid-fire, sometimes blessedly cathartic humor. Author tour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612940267
Publisher:
Bywater Books MI
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
336 KB

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Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning almost thirty years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and eight presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime, scoundrel time and economic down times.

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