Heard gets inside their closed systems to poke fun from within, and often puts things in historical context. You'll understand mainstream apocalyptic literature like the bestselling Left Behind thrillers far better once Heard briefs you on the whole range of stranger biblical end-times interpreters. Like David Gelernter's 1939: The Lost World of the Fair, Apocalypse Pretty Soon has a poignant sense of what commonsense culture has lost in giving up its millennial dreams.
Heard is valuable because he's thorough and genuinely interested in why Arthur Blessitt finds it blessed to drag a 105-pound cross across the globe, surviving attacks by mamba snake, crocodile, Nicaraguan firing squad, and LAPD choke hold. His book is madly funny, and deeply sad. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
His book captures the spirit of the weirdness which pervades modern America.
Alternatively very funny and very sad, it's well worth reading in order to better understand the fringes of the great social experiment in this country.
I loved this book so much that I hated for it to end, but I will revisit it more than once, and I am already recommending it heartily to all my friends.
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By his own admission, Alex Heard's first chapter (deemed his "best" by reviewers) seems to be a personally motivated, whining, and revenge-seeking diatribe against a New... Read morePublished on December 6, 2000
How this really informative, well written and highly entertaining book missed being a best-seller is beyond me! Read morePublished on July 21, 2000 by Ann Steinmetz
I first discovered Heard through his Washington Post Magazine column, Out There, which appeared in the mid-80s. What a joy to find an entire book by this splendidly funny writer! Read morePublished on January 10, 2000
This is one of those books you'll want to tell others about. (In fact, I've already bought an additional copy for a friend. Read morePublished on July 25, 1999
don't forget to check out the feature undertones of this masterpeice. the chicken hawk and the field mouse will be the next one to comePublished on May 2, 1999