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How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? Paperback – November 1, 2010
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"Is 'power' a 'comfort' for any sensible person? At a lively intersection
of art and politics, Ball plays provocatively...offering us an entertaining,
mind-expanding read." --Derek Leebaert, author, Magic and Mayhem, et. al.
"Funny, tragic, brilliant essays on the present chaos -- cultural,
economic, philosophical, and personal. Some of the most thoughtful writing
around on `what happened' -- and why." --Gary Morris, Editor, Bright Lights
" Ball relentlessly tells it like he sees it. The congregation better have
their thinking caps on." --Tom Dooley, Editor, Eclectica
"Often very funny, always incisive with insights that deflate the hot air
of contemporary society and its inept leaders, Ball both entertains and
alarms...exposing the semantic fabrications that prop up our political and
economic policies." --Walter Cummins, Editor Emeritus, The Literary
"Take one step beyond reality and you've wandered happily into Ball's
delightfully erudite world." --Hampden H. Smith III, Professor Emeritus,
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Washington & Lee
"Ball...mobilizes enormous and uncountable numbers of ideas, about virtually
every aspect of our culture...If you want to be enlivened, rather than
lulled to sleep, you should read Norman Ball. --Stephen Cox, editor,
"An alchemist of language, Ball's gumbo of puns, allusions and insider
info brings the hysterical out of the historical...His approach to the
essay is all hybrid vigor--- the blood of the poet swirling in a
journalist... with the chutzpah to speak satire to power." --Kirpal
Gordon, author, Ghost & Ganga
I was expecting some kind of flow or theme, but it felt more like a lot of unrelated fluff. I only made it about 50 pages in before I moved on to more interesting reading.
It often felt like the author was trying to show off what I'm sure he feels is an impressive vocabulary. At times he tried a little too hard, since there were a few misuses of uncommon words. Yeah, not so impressive.
As for the humor other reviewers were so impressed with, I think I smiled once (briefly) during the 50 pages I read.
I bought this because it had a favorable review in a magazine I read, but I had no knowledge of the book's author beforehand. If you know and like him, I'm sure you'll find it interesting. If you're unfamiliar with his work and are looking for an extraordinarily insightful viewpoint, I'd look elsewhere.
social issues, this book, in short well-crafted essays, sails effortlessly
between satire and serious. But even in its more somber moments there is a
buoyant tone that keeps things wryly entertaining with thoughtful barbs
reminiscent of Mencken.
We are awash in blogs and pundits who log the various horse races,
offering facile opinions on the headlines of the day. This book offers a
more thoughtful take on those self-same issues. Where the pundits live to
bang the table, Ball ruminates and cogitates before he speaks. The result
is a humorous and mordant take on where we find ourselves today. There is
a crying need in America for commentary that falls somewhere between Glen
Beck and dry academic prose. This book is a step towards filling that
void. Highly recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will make you think. Norman Ball is a brilliant thinker and writer. The essays are short (mostly 2 to 4 pages) and can be individually read when you have just 5 or 10... Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Ron Kert
It's true, Norman Ball is not angry at us America, just disappointed; that said, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable is, I think, not only a really good book but a really... Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by h. o'hara