Book 85 of my 2016 Reading Challenge
read from October 22 - 26
Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart
Summary (via the book jacket)
In these nineteen whip-smart essays, Jon Stewart takes on politics, religion, and celebrity with a soothingly irreverent wit, a brilliant sense of timing, and a palate for the absurd - and these one-of-a-kind forays into his hilarious world will expose you to all its wickedly naked truths.
Published in 1999 before The Daily Show, it was fun to see how his snark continued to develop over time. But it did make me miss him.
Best Out-of-Context Quote: "Although the vagina is not on public display, it can still be the centerpiece of your personal style. Use it wisely."
My favorite essay was "The Recipe".
A Few Quotes from the Book
"The tapes were recorded on a voice-activated taping system first installed in the White House Oval Office in 1971 by Richard Nixon, to preserve his administration for historical purposes. Nixon would, in later years, refer to the move as "a huge fuckup.""
"Getting people buckle down during World War II or walk a couple of blocks with you on a sunny day in Alabama are impressive indeed, but getting people to castrate or kill themselves for no reason other than you think you saw something about it in a dream is unparalleled control."
"Sheldon threw down the last of his Fresca and laughed the laugh of a man about to be born again. And then he coughed, as some of the delicious nectar went down the wrong pipe."