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Dave Barry's Bad Habits: A 100% Fact-Free Book (Holt Paperback) Paperback – September 15, 1993
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"To most people, news means information about events that affect a lot of people. On local TV news shows, news means anything that you can take a picture of, especially if a local TV News Personality can stand in front of it."
Dave Barry is the modern master of silliness; there's a party in his pen. While he's more recently branched out into books and magazine articles, the form where he shines brightest is the newspaper column. Dave Barry's Bad Habits is a cracking-good collection of his syndicated column taken from the early 1980s. And Barry at his best can stand among the greatest humorists America has produced.
First of all, let me assure you that we are not in a depression. The key economic indicator of a depression is that you suddenly start seeing a lot of primitive black-and-white newsreel films of people wearing old-fashioned hats and overcoats and forming lines in the streets of major cities to obtain bread. So far, all the lines of people have been videotaped in color, which is the sign of a stable economy. Also, the people have not been lining up for bread. They have been lining up for cheese, which the government has several million tons of."
When you're looking for a good belly laugh, sometimes only Dave Barry will do. Dave Barry's Bad Habits skates from topic to topic, always light, always rambunctious. For the dedicated fan, it's an essential volume; for the rest, it's yet more evidence that Barry is the Zen master of written mirth. --Michael Gerber
“Bad Habits--funny book. Read it.” ―Gannett News Service
“Dave Barry is nothing less thatn the smart-aleck Peter Pan of American letters.” ―the Seattle Times
“Dave Barry is the guru of guffaws.” ―the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“He has the ability to charm us with nonsense so compelling that it almost makes sense.” ―Houston Chronicle
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Barry looks at a plethora of issues that faced America in the 1980's and pokes fun at the Reagan Administration, the economy, government jobs, taxes, health habits, pop culture, the solution for kids to stop smoking (skip the 10th grade of course), attempts to communicate with alien life, family vacations/traveling, and of course no book is complete without commentary on our sports. Among my favorites is easily the air traffic controller dialogue :D
Pilot: This is Flight 274, requesting landing instructions
Controller: Well, if it was me, I would put the wheels down first, but don't quote me on that.
Pilot: No, I already know how to land, I was hoping you could tell me which runway I should land on.
Controller: Ah. Let me just turn on the little screen here and -- There we are. Say, is that you about to plow into the mountain?
Controller: Oh. That must be one of Bob's. (Yelling to another controller:) Bob, could you turn your screen on for a second? One of your planes is about to -- Wait, forget it.
Pilot: Um, look, we're running out of fuel here, so I'd really appreciate if you could possibly --
Controller: Hey, lighten up, will you? Do you want to make me tense and crazy so Reagen can fire me? (Yelling to other controllers.) Hey guys! I think I got a Republican here! (Laughter in background, shouts of "Steer him into the mountain!")
Pilot: Look please --
Controller: Hey, no sweat. We're just having some fun. I'll get back to you with a runway right after my break.Read more ›
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This is a lengthy collection of some very early Barry columns, when Dave was still residing in Pennsylvania. Not surprisingly, they all hold up well over the passage of time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dee Kaiser
i HAVE BEEN READING DAVE FOR YEARS. i LOVE EVERYTHNG HE WRITES.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
True Dave Barry! If you are a fan of Barry's add this book to your collection. If you have never read Dave Barry this is a good place to start. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pamela Hengst
I seriously love Barry's humor. My family used to read his "Year in Review" and laugh until we'd injured ourselves. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by cleansingavenger
As good as any of Dave Barry's works. My brother kept giving me dirty looks while I was reading this because I kept laughing out loud.Published on September 26, 2013 by Rachel
My brother gave me a copy of "Bad Habits" some time ago, and I started reading it before I fell asleep each night, but almost every time I cracked the book open I'd start reading... Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by ARH
If this book does not bring a smile to the reader, I will hand over a promissory note of nineteen quad-glop-a zillion.
Notice I did not specify in what. Read more
I didn't like this book at all. I got to page 32 and laughed only twice. I guess I don't get his humor.Published on July 21, 2008 by Carole Kaminsky