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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 like just about anything P.J. writes, but I can't say that this is the funniest of his works. I missed the baby-boom generation tag by a single year, but still was able to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jeffrey P. Viar
Oh P.J....... I should have just spent the time re-reading Parliament of Whores or Eat The Rich or even On the Wealth of Nations.
Still love your work though.
After reading many of his entertaining pieces over the years, I believe P.J. finally proves his point by phoning this one in. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Hank
This was the book that I was wondering if PJ would ever write. Its good and a bit offensive as well. I didnt know that we were that way. Well played Mr O'Rourke. Read morePublished 16 days ago by RJ
Desperately needs an editor! This book would be twice as funny (though that's still not very) were it half as long.Published 1 month ago by Toby Considine
The Baby Boom:.... Is not as funny as some of P.J. O'Rourke's other works. It might be because at this point it seems to be cliche in describing American life from the 1950's to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P2
This is a great book for boomers and, considering the size of the group, that should earn Mr. O'Rourke enough to make the writing worthwhile. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Larry Clark
A great laugh ... at yourself a lot of the time ... but then I am 53!Published 1 month ago by Andre de Villiers