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Brand New. Hardcover. Brand new, not a used item. Please no orders from Tennessee. Comedian and activist Margaret Cho's righteous comic rage finds its targets with pinpoint accuracy, not only to entertain us but also to champion civil liberties like freedom of expression and gay rights, and raise awareness of social injustices like racial discrimination and capital punishment. Aiming to shake us loose of the politics of disillusionment and help us make it to 2008, she chronicles her adventures and misadventures in political activism and lays out what's right in no uncertain terms.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-12-05 Cho's blistering, funny and articulate follow-up to her 2001 memoir I'm the One That I Want, is a collection of essays declaring war on sexism, racism, homophobia and apathy. While many of the pieces have appeared on her prolific blog (www.margaretcho.com), there is a distinct pleasure in hearing Cho articulate them herself. Fans of the standup comedian's concert films (including Notorious C.H.O. and Assassin) should be aware that this is not a series of comic riffs but thoughtful, often incendiary manifestos. Unlike many comics who read with an eye on the upcoming punch line, Cho is a relaxed narrator who takes great joy in playing with words as well as ideas. She talks about the personal (her elastic sexuality, the media's reaction to her marriage, hate mail she receives), the political (gay marriage, the White House's "war on errorism") and pop culture (defending Courtney Love, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson and even The Passion of the Christ). Helpfully, virtually all essays begin with a new CD track. Simultaneous release with the Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 29) (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-29 The cover photo-comedian Cho posing Patty Hearst-style before a Symbionese Liberation Army emblem-aptly conveys this messy personal manifesto's collision of in-your-face militance and little-girl-lost victimology. The author mixes rants against war, racism, misogyny, homophobia and various prominent Republicans with confessional ponderings of her identity as a Korean-American, her difficulties with her parents and her problems with her body. The political and the personal are inseparable from the celebrity preening: "I wasn't sure... which I hated more," Cho muses, "my skin color or my talent." When she manages to break from her rage, tears and ego-as in a riff on the Asian stereotypes she gets offered as movie parts-Cho writes with perception and humor. More often, though, she wallows in screeds against the white male power structure, sprinkled with gangsta-rap posturing to establish her outlaw credentials. Even so feeble a patriarch as Andy Rooney is lambasted for "his boring ass opinions on the stupid things rich white folks think about because... they are not worried about getting called a `fag' in school, or whether or not you have the courage and stamina to press charges against your rapist." Right on, Tania would say, but readers may wish Cho would lighten up. Agent, David Vigliano. (Oct. 20) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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