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The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals (Paperback)

By Christopher Monks (Editor)
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Ever since John Hancock broke into song after signing the Declaration of Independence, American politics and musicals have been inextricably linked. From Alexander Hamilton's jazz hands, to Chester A. Arthur's oboe operas, to Newt Gingrich's off-Broadway sexscapade, You, Me, and My Moon Colony Mistress Makes Three, government and musical theater have joined forces to document our nation's long history of freedom, partisanship, and dancers on roller skates pretending to be choo choo trains.
 
To celebrate this grand union of entrenched bureaucracy and song, the patriots at McSweeney's Internet Tendency (“The Iowa Caucus of humor websites”) offer this riotous collection (peacefully assembled!) of monologues, charts, scripts, lists, diatribes, AND musicals written by the noted fake-musical lyricist, Ben Greenman. On the agenda are . . . 
 
Fragments from PALIN! THE MUSICAL
 
Barack Obama’s Undersold 2012 Campaign Slogans
 
Atlas Shrugged Updated for the Financial Crisis
 
Your Attempts to Legislate Hunting Man for Sport Reek of Class Warfare
 
A 1980s Teen Sex Comedy Becomes Politically Uncomfortable
 
Donald Rumsfeld Memoir Chapter Title Or German Heavy Metal Song?
 
Noises Political Pundits Would Make If They Were Wild Animals and Not Political Pundits
 
Ron Paul Gives a Guided Tour of His Navajo Art Collection
 
Classic Nursery Rhymes, Updated and Revamped for the Recession, As Told to Me By My Father
 
And much more!

About the Author


Christopher Monks edits the humor website "McSweeney's Internet Tendency". His work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, including "McSweeney's" and "The Morning News". He writes the popular blogs "Utter Wonder" and "Stuck in Rehab With Pat O'Brien".

Praise For…


“Only McSweeney’s could combine politics and theater in such a strange, amusing way.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Pokes fun at all manner of political persuasion, often in a tone reminiscent of Mad magazine—that is, mangled lyrics—but minus a tune to follow. . . . Jolly good fun.” —Leonard Kniffel, Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307387349
ISBN-10: 0307387348
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Pages: 347
Language: English