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National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody Paperback – November 16, 2004
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The sequel to "National Lampoon's 1964 High School Yearbook and considered the Rosetta stone of news parody, "National Lampoon's Sunday Newspaper is a cult classic of puerile genius.
Dacron, Ohio, Sunday, February 12, 1978 (Motor Home Capital of the World)
Now in a vibrant tabloid format, the Dacron, Ohio "Republican-Democrat, one of America's newspapers, returns with a complete Sunday edition of all the news that's unfit to print. With stories and photos that are as remarkably plausible today as they were in 1978, the "Republican-Democrat is littered with grade-A-quality humor.
Including National News, Local News, and More Local News, a Sports Section, Entertainment, Television Listings, Travel, Real Estate, Gardening, Your Pet, Women's Pages, Classified Ads, a Swillmart Discount Store Advertising Supplement, a Parade Magazine Parody, a Sunday Week Local Magazine, and Eight Pages of Comics, it will take you back in time even if you were never there to begin with.
Any fan of "The Onion will discover its recipe for success-take "National Lampoon's Sunday Newspaper, rejigger the news to reflect today's absurdity, and maintain the "National Lampoon's pitch-perfect mimicry of editorial and design. Ask any comedy writer at work today, and she or he will tell you that "National Lampoon's 1964 High School Yearbook and "National Lampoon's Sunday Newspaper are the sine qua non of written humor.
About the Author
P. J. O’Rourke is the bestselling author of ten books, including The CEO of the Sofa, Eat the Rich, Parliament of Whores, and All the Trouble in the World. The former editor in chief of National Lampoon magazine, O’Rourke now writes for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly and lives in New Hampshire and Washington, D.C.
John Hughes was an editor and writer at National Lampoon and wrote the script for National Lampoon’s Vacation, which was based on a short story he wrote called “Vacation ’58.” He went on to write and direct Sixteen Candles; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; She’s Having a Baby; and Uncle Buck, and wrote and produced Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2. He also collaborated on a script with P. J. O’Rourke inspired by the Sunday newspaper parody entitled The History of Ohio from the Beginning of Time to the End of the Universe, which was never made.
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This was originally published in newsprint in 1978, back when National Lampoon was at the height of its power. I've got the original, which has become brittle with age. Should have used acid-free paper! Anyway, this reprint is a large bound volume. It's not as realistic as the original, but it's probably more durable, and it's complete. Grab it!
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I still have one copy of the old original done in an actual newspaper format, but am thinking of getting the paperback reprint just to read.