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Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys Hardcover – February 9, 2010
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A WSJ article I read compared Labash to Tom Wolfe or Hunter Thompson. I can't speak for the Thompson, comparison but the Wolfe comparison while not completely off base is a little misleading. Most of Labash's works have a much more overtly comedic tone to them Wolfe's writings, think of it as being like Joel Stein doing long form journalism.
Labash begins with "Detroit - The City where Sirens Never Sleep," and tells of schools that haven't ordered new textbooks in 19 years and the lowest high school graduation rate of any large district (24.9%), a city with half the population of 1950 and an estimated 60,000 vacant houses that once gave its key to the city to Saddam Hussein. Where 47% of adults are functionally illiterate, the local football team was 0-14, and the populace has been honored as America's 'fattest city,' and its 'sexual disease capital.' The sirens never stop - driven by arson in abandoned homes, factories; its abandoned train station may be next. At the same time, Labash also visits with a homeless person living under a bridge, and possessing more common sense than most of those driving overhead.
The title, "Fly Fishing with Darth Vader" obviously refers to V.P. Cheney. Expecting a nasty hit piece, I instead found a delightful story of another side of Mr. Cheney - an ordinary guy with a strong interest in fly-fishing and those who do it. It's all 'catch and release' - even the trout come out good, and I can't wait to see more the great Wyoming scenery described by Labash as he fly-fishes with the V.P.
Other treats include the life of an evangelical wrestler, and executives and managers acting like kids in an effort to keep employees happy so they, in turn, keep customers happy.Read more ›
We learn the physical damage? that dodge ball has done our nation's children, of course with the added `horrors ` of duck duck goose and musical chairs, actually citing studies form the Department of Health.
Lovers of Canada and Gordon Lightfoot- Labash has you in his sights as well.
He writes an startlingly sympathetic portrait of Marion Barry and one of the seriously most affecting accounts of 9/11 with the story of Edlene LaFrance whose husband died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
There is the humorous, the interesting and some sorrow; but always interesting reading in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Labash is quite skilled at making infamous, notorious and even abhorrent folk seem partially ok and very human.Published on July 24, 2014 by BigCliff
Insightful book and funny as hell.
Labash is a wizard with the written word and his interviews with various public figures keep you locked in and laughing.
The book consists of a collection of stories (nonfiction) written by Mr. Labash over the past several years. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Marvin C.
Fly Fishing with Darth Vader is a collection of different pieces written by Matt Labash. It's probably his first book and in my humble opinion not the best satire/comical... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by PRATEEK JAIN
This is a collection of twenty-three of Mr. Labash's previously published magazine articles from "The Weekly Standard" and "Salon. Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by James R. Holland
Well, I bought this book just because somebody recommended it. I actually, thought it was a book of fly fishing stories. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by John Beowulf
I spend a fair amount of time hanging out with Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, and Labash nails that profile while finding humor in all the man's complexities. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Roland Lazenby