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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.
I love this author's sense of humor. We are about the same age so many of his experiences we have in. Common.Published 11 days ago by Steven D White
P. J. at his best in telling it like it was/is for the baby boom's contributions to the America, well nigh the world. Hilarious as it is accurate, but then, that's our generation. Read morePublished 12 days ago by John Jensen
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Don't buy this book! It may have been a semi amusing 4 page article in the Atlantic, but the material doesn't support a book. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Old RIO
Assuming that you are in your 50's or 60's I would be willing to bet that you really enjoy this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Sheldon
I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that O'Rourke had written another book. This is the one that I was waiting for: the O'Rourke take on the baby boomers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James W. Zeirke
This was a very enjoyable read, speaking as a Boomer, a walk down memory lane. The things he did were only occasionally congruent with my own but were all in the same vein -- cars,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David F. Mcginnis
I didn't realize that the events of my baby boomer youth occurred anywhere but on Chicago's North Shore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Boydster