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It's important to step back and laugh at ourselves once in a while...of course I write this on my iPad as I'm considering taking my son's dog (oops, animal companion), who is a semi-permanent house guest (my son living elsewhere), over to PetSmart for a nail trimming, and wondering if I should sign her up for a supervised play date for a few extra bucks...all on my dime. Time to reset my priorities, and just take her for a walk. No mention of boomerang pets in 'Of Thee I Zing'; I guess I'm on the cutting edge of something here....
Life lessons, a snapshot of life in 2011, and an etiquette book wrapped in satire; if you don't find yourself on at least one page, you might want to pass the book to a friend and get their thoughts. Funny and thought provoking to the last page, and well worth a weekend read.
The problem is that she has a good solid magazine article here or perhaps a blog where she could hit a zing a week sort of series. There just is not nearly enough for a book, though.
The book starts out rather strongly with some solid hits on what many consider the deterioration of our society's norms. Go back to the 1930's and even hobos or 'bums' (today called homeless peoples) wore ties and usually jackets. Men on assembly lines also wore ties and collar shirts unless the job was too dangerous due to the tie. I can go on as probably you can as well.
Today people arrive half naked to shop at Walmart. Men go to good restaurants wearing nasty tee shirts often with gross pictures or sayings on them. They eat never taking off their baseball caps. This is the sort of behaviors which Ingraham starts out lambasting.
However, after a good start, she runs out of material and wanders into a long complaint / whine about such trivial things such as guests who arrive too early to suit her tastes. She complains about parents lobbying for their children and outcome based education. That is, she moves from individual bad behavior to criticizing institutions she dislikes or disapproves of. Toward the end of the book she picks up steam again hitting some more material complaints.
Finally she finishes in what I consider a rather odd and controversial manner. She complains that the world is getting to be too secular for her.Read more ›
Then I read a chapter that I realized I Zinged myself!(or in other words I am as guilty as them).
This is a fun book to read in these depressing times. Poking fun at the culture (and maybe even yourself) has given me a few giggles. Thanks Laura and Raymond!
But don't think for a minute that even 20% of the book is about entertainers. The author sprays her denigrating (but almost always accurate) venom in every direction that mankind currently exists. From "devotees" dressed up in movie character garb and camping out in line to get into opening night... to people not knowing the difference between "THERE" and "THEIR"... to the almost communistic practice of every kid on every team getting a trophy regardless of performance...Read more ›
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I was hoping for a laugh or two. I was wrong.
Everything and everyone gets on her nerves. She is rude talking about how everyone else is rude. End of story. Read more
Lots of fun and clear insight into our modern society, some hilarious, some serious, some wacko and some right on. Worth the read and bucks.Published 9 months ago by Joseph H. Race
It was supposed to be funny. But it wasn't. It was boring and I lost interest in it.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth Clarke
I have read and enjoyed other books from Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo, so I was looking forward to this "comical" expose on the decline of American morals, behavior... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rick C
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