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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. She goes on to explain that anybody with normal sense can see that we 'have a soul' (note to Laura - if you are a Believer, then you believe you ARE a soul) and so gets off on those who are either atheists or who claim to be non-religious but spiritual. In essence, Laura says that God will get those guys and give them a good whacking at some unspecific date when the dead return to life.
Although I agree with Ingraham on many things and enjoyed the first part of this book, I can't recommend it. The material just is not there for a book of this length or cost. I only hope God doesn't give me a whack for saying that.
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!
I almost felt like saying 'elite alert' most of the time. I rounded up to four stars (rather than down) because I have been a 365 member for four years now.
But I had a few laughs. I love Laura as an analyst, she puts on a great show, and I hope this book is not really representative of her as a person. I would hope she is a little more tolerant of us little people who can't afford many of the things she takes for granted. We can't all be perfect. And if my tree is ever about to fall over, I would thank a neighbor to tell me. That is what being neighborly means. I almost feel bad for her neighbors.
If you want a better sample of Laura in a much better book, try The Obama Diaries. She is far better at analyzing politics than she is at social 'zings'. (But I do agree with her overall assessment, that our society is in serious decline)
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Everything and everyone gets on her nerves. She is rude talking about how everyone else is rude. End of story.
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