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Kathryn and Ross Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn Petras lives in Seattle.



Ross and Kathryn Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross Petras lives in Toronto.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076116782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761167822
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's almost frightening how much Rep. Michele Bachman's "poem" on page 211 reads like an excerpt from an Ezra Pound Canto, and how much Sen. Joe Lieberman (p.131), in a hot air rhapsody on American history, actually manages to sound like an unhinged Marianne Moore. Maybe the Petras siblings, specialists in skewering public blowhards with their own words, are onto something here.

Scouring media interviews, public appearances, and leaked conversations for the work of 168 of our really important modern poets -- including Tom Cruise, Hugo Chavez, Donald Trump, Kanye West, Rahm Emanuel, Lars von Trier, and something called "Snooki" -- the Petrases, tongues firmly in cheek, annotate such literary masterworks as Jim Cramer's "Once I Was Somebody, Now I'm a Buffoon" ("The poet-financial pundit Jim Cramer here hearkens back to the incomparable lament of Dido in Virgil's Aeneid. He replaces the classic dactylic hexameter with his own innovative Cramerian Sporadic Kvetchameter"); Jack Abramoff's lamentation "On the Fickleness of Friendships" ("Neo-Beat poet (and former lobbyist convicted for conspiracy) Jack Abramoff turns an acid tongue on his former friend Newt Gingrich (who was, in effect, Kerouac to his Ginsberg) in this lament ripped from the heart. Written in the form of a blues riff, this is best read aloud over the sound of a wailing saxophone"); and Joey Gambina's "Why I Don't Kiss My Consigliere No More" ("In this radiant tercet, mobster Joey Gambina takes on the ramifications of an intrusive unconstitutional government").

I enjoyed this book for the hour or so that it took to read it.
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I was almost in tears after I picked this book up and started thumbing through it.

"Every time I look at something in this book, I can't stop laughing!" I said to a friend, between snorts.

She replied, "Every time I point out something in this book to someone else, they can't stop laughing either."
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While not a book that will keep you interested for very long, this anthology of dumb celebrity quotes (put on paper as if they were poetry) highlights some very amusing and out-of-touch musings from people like Kanye West (who really says some terribly stupid things in here) to Hillary Clinton. The reporting of this blather also says something about the way in which the general public is devoted to treating the words of the rich and famous like signs from the sky.
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Bought for a friend who's working on a PhD in rhetoric. I don't know whether this truly qualifies as satire, but it's definitely hilarious.
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