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One Nation, Extra Cheese: Your Guide to the Bestest Country Ever Paperback – August 27, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
In this thin book of jokes about the American way of life-its food, people, leisure activities, etc.-the writers of Modern Humorist (John Aboud, Patrick Broderick, Michael Colton, Martha Keavney and others) use the conventions of a travel guidebook to say something about the strangeness and contradiction that is America. Unfortunately, they don't have much to report. Using pie charts, info-graphics, and bullet-points to underscore their gags, they tell us that America is violent, New York is full of Jews and Southern California is polluted. While a satirical publication such as the Onion uses a staid format to deliver jokes slyly, even subversively, the writers of Modern Humorist use the travel brochure template to place air quotes around their own material, effectively distancing themselves with a tone of faux-naivete. At its best, the humor of Modern Humorist exhibits a clever resilience; at its worst it feels patronizing.
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?All of the grandeur of America has been condensed into one breathtaking book. That book is ?Leaves of Grass? by Walt Whitman.? ?Conan O?Brien
?Modern Humorist has produced a truly funny book about America. Just imagine what they could do to a stupid country. Like Finland.? ?Mike Reiss, producer of ?The Simpsons?
?I followed this handy guide to America and ended up in a nude pig-wrestling tournament in Guadalajara. VERY SCARY. My advice: Stay home, read the book, and have a lot of laughs.? ?R.L. Stine, author of ?Goosebumps? -- Review
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Scattered through the pages are Travel Tips or Fun Facts side-panels, spoof covers of books, magazines, greeting cards and dozens of really slick illustrations. These neat drawings are unfortunately wasted because of the really poor paper the book is printed on. This was a real disappointment to me, with better paper the excellent graphics would have made the book complete. The MH earlier book `Rough Draft', in color and on glossy paper was stunning, this latest offering, good as it is, doesn't quite make it though. Sorry guys.
The problem is, about three hours after finishing the book, I remembered very little of it. I think much of that has to do with the weak production value of the book. As noted elsewhere on this page, "One Nation..." is printed on about the worst paper imaginable, and the abysmal quality of the graphics defies description. If I were a writer of this book (it was a team effort), the final product would make me feel as if I were cheated.
Still though, this is funny enough to pass along to a friend when you're finished.