Please Calm Down: A Cry from the Far Middle (Hardcover)
P.J. O'Rourke says we've worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it's no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been about. This uproarious look at the current state of these United States includes essays like "Woke to the Sound of Laughter," about the upside of being "woke" (and unable to get back to sleep); "Sympathy vs. Empathy," which considers whether it's better to hold people's hands or bust into their heads; a brief digression "On the Additional Hell of the Internet of Things" because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about what's in your refrigerator; and many more.
Dotted with a quiz to determine where you stand on the spectrum of "Coastals vs. Heartlanders;" "An Inaugural Address I'd Like to Hear" (ask not what your country can do for you. Ask me how I can get the hell out of here); and an impassioned argument on licensing politicians (we license doctors, we license dentists, we license beauticians...), this is P.J. at his finest.
About the Author
P. J. O'Rourke has written nineteen books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance both reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, a contributing writer for the Washington Post editorial page, and the editor in chief of the free web magazine American Consequences. He lives in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.