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What Would Kinky Do?: How to Unscrew a Screwed-Up World Hardcover – June 24, 2008

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Since having seemingly killed off his alter ego, Kinky Friedman, the curmudgeonly singer turned curmudgeonly crime solver of 17 novels, the Kinkster has not rested on his laurels. Instead, he has been busy running for the governor of Texas (he lost with more than 12 percent of the vote); selling cigars (Kinky Friedman Cigars, or, KFC); and writing columns for Texas Monthly. Now, in his latest effort, Kinky proffers advice. Not “direct good advice” but, instead, “lots and lots of common Zen bullshit” on such topics as writing, traveling, “life, death, and everything in between.” Really an excuse to expound again on his favorite obsessions (politics, Hank Williams’ death in the back of a ’52 Cadillac, and his favorite lunatics who’ve gone mad or “stepped on a rainbow”), this compendium allows Kinky to recall his Peace Corp days in Borneo, where he ate monkey brains; explain why he (and other authors) killed off their creations; profile personal heroes of his like Don Imus, Bob Dylan, Jack Ruby, Willie Nelson, and various animals who’ve saved lives; and, most importantly, share his special brand of Texas wit and wisdom again. --Ben Segedin

About the Author

Kinky Friedman is a country music singer, politician, Texas Monthly columnist, the author of a successful mystery series, and was a candidate for governor in Texas in 2006. He wants to take things back to a time when the cowboys all sang and their horses were smart.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312331592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312331597
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kinky Friedman is often tongue-in-cheek but don't be fooled. The man is brilliant and has a great insight into humanity when he writes. Read and learn. Yes, he makes jokes, but there is an underlying truth to all he says. I am a fan.
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You either love Kinky or hate Kinky, either way this IS a well written book and well worth the low cost.
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The book IS a collection of older articles and stories, as it states. Some of which appeared in Texas Monthly magazine that he freqently writes for. I thought the tributes to his parent were beautiful and as usual his sarcastic humor made me lol.
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I've read most of Kinky's books in the past and liked them. But this one is not up to the standard of past writings. Definitely not recommended for anyone who objects to profanity for the shock value. I was disappointed.
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Classic Kinky, plenty of laughs and common sense anecdotes. Kinky is full of good advice entertaining story telling. Definitely worthwhile reading.
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