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In the first paragraph of the prologue to his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way... And It Wasn't My Fault... And I'll Never Do It Again, political humor writer P.J. O'Rourke declares in no uncertain terms that he is "full of crap." Similarly, in the introduction to his upcoming book, You Can Date Boys When You're Forty, humor columnist Dave Barry explains that his book, despite its subtitle "Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About," is not about parenting.
It's easy to imagine that when these two bestselling authors and longtime pals get together, commiserative silliness ensues. But in this case, no imagination is necessary. We popped in on an email exchange between these two masters of existential trolling. Here's what happened:
Dave Barry: P.J. — I loved The Baby Boom which manages to be both hilarious and insightful. What I want to know is: How did you remember all that stuff? Especially about the '60s. Didn't you take drugs? Of course not! Neither did I! Drugs are bad! But my memories of that era are very purple-hazy, whereas you seem to remember every detail of everything that happened. How did you do that?
P.J. O'Rourke: I made it up. I'm a professional reporter. I'm PAID to make things up. Actually, I do remember a lot about the '60s. Probably because I still know a lot of the same people. And they're still yelling at me about things I did back then. Keeps memories fresh. Sort of like a wife. Just kidding, dear. Sort of like a first wife. And I loved You Can Date Boys When You're Forty. You admit you went to a Justin Bieber concert. Kind of pushing the envelope even for a confessional memoir. You're brave, dude, brave.
DB: I did indeed go to a Justin Bieber concert, because my daughter really really really wanted to go because she LOVED Justin Bieber. It was terrifying. I was in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew passed over and nearly took off the roof of the home in which I was cowering. I understood then why the noise of a hurricane is always compared to a freight train. What it SHOULD be compared to is a Justin Bieber concert. Given the choice, I'd rather sit through Andrew again.
PJO: When I pick my daughters up from school they, for some reason I can't imagine, don't want to listen to Rush Limbaugh, and so they tune the radio to what sounds to me like somebody donated 200 drum sets and an Auto-Tune to a juvenile delinquent corrections facility. But does this mean today's music sucks? Yes.
Read the full conversation on Omnivoracious.
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Got as gift for brother-in-law who has two daughters 11 and 13! Pricele reaction!Published 16 days ago by W. Holt
Dave Barry said I have to write a great review. Still the best humorist writer. Enjoyed the book very much.Published 27 days ago by James Hicks
Another home run of sarcastic humor from Dave Barry! Lots of smirking and laugh-out-loud moments. Great gift for the cynical!Published 29 days ago by T. Miller
Barry at his best. Seeing the humor in all the mundane things we all experience. The chapters on his trip to Israel and taking his daughter and her BFF to a Justin Bieber concert... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JB3
I found myself laughing out loud in public places. Ignored the looks from bystanders. They don't know what they are missing. Classic Barry on parade. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joe gerardi
This is the first time I thought Dave's musing were less than hilarious. I am one of Dave's enduring fans, so I was somewhat disappointed with this offering. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan H. Grant
We got this for my son-in-law. Now he has his daughters on a leash. Funny! Is guaranteed to make parents paranoid about their kids dating and growing up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by leonard kraska