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The Master Of Snarky and Snide Defines It All
on November 4, 2011
P.J. O'Rourke has spent some part of his life observing manners, their uses and mis-uses. He prefers the latter as they provide territory, though he approaches it with hesitation, to ponder on paper. And we are much improved for that. Where else could we learn how to run a first class funeral which is also a study in themes and variations on how to be deceased yet remembered properly by divergent groups of persons, some family, some unfriendly, some friend.
While he is rather inclined to hold his nose as he steps over the bodies of the too merry makers, he is observant and reports what he's seen and others doing.
His tongue may be in his cheek but his observances are chillingly close to accurate. The way he puts it, the satire doesn't seem real but one senses the cruel truth that lies not very far away. Persons who have read this may hesitate before inviting him to any sort of function but, as the consumer of his dissections of what occurred, one rather hopes he'll at least sneak a peek over the fence.
While not a stop on the road to perdition himself, he well knows the path that leads to it and is only to happy to point the reader toward Modern Manners done badly.