Item description for Live from Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian by Brad Stine...
Overview Hilarious and thought-provoking, Brad Stine is a comedian who hails from-of all places-Middle America. So what happens when a conservative who is convinced that America is the greatest country on the planet, except for all the idiocies that have infiltrated it at the callous-free, baby-soft hands of liberals, gets the opportunity to rant on the page? By-products of "liberal lunacy," such as bump signs on our highways, airbags for safety, the decline of tobacco use, the contagion of Starbucks, and garden-variety political correctness, become grist for Stine's comedic mill. Laugh-out-loud funny and acutely insightful, Live from Middle America will prove irresistible to those who recognize themselves in its pages, and marks the publishing debut of one of conservative America's most original voices.
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Studio: Hudson Street Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 23, 2006
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 1594630151 ISBN13 9781594630156
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More About Brad Stine
After spending several years as the featured performer on the Promise Keepers tour, Br ad Stine founded GodMen, a Christian organization geared toward men, which hosts packed-house conferences and events nationwide. He has appeared on Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, and NPR and in the "New Yorker, Newsweek," and "USA Today,"
Reviews - What do customers think about Live from Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian?
A conservative's objection to the conservative Sep 14, 2007
I find it odd that Stine takes the slant from the first pages of his book that if you agree with him you're a conservative and if you disagree with him you're a liberal, and an "idiot" at that. For one, the world isn't quite so subjective because people of the same belief systems disagree with each other. Then there's the other matter that I disagree with Stine on most... the concept that we're supposed to heckle the other side of the fence.
Now I know Stine considers himself a comic and I did laugh the first time I heard his act five years ago... but the times since then that I've heard him it seems more like a bitter rant with pieces of the old act thrown in (Ever heard the one about Adam naming the animals? How about the tractor on the highway? Or the deer signs?). This book seems to reflect that cynical spirit, which I think does the harmful job of stealing the lumber from potential bridges by making the fences higher.
In short, I am a Christian and have a hard time rationalizing why we should belittle others for the sake of self-glorification, or a pointless attempt at humor.
Maybe that's a bit too conservative for such a liberal comic... but according to Stine's logic that makes me right and him wrong.
Up and Down throughout the book (a book from a Christian conservative American from a red state) Aug 8, 2007
Stine comments on any number of popular culture items, including tobacco, abortion, God in public schools, baseball, Las Vegas, banning guns, bumper stickers and Wal-Mart. Each little rant comes in short chapters averaging around 4 pages each.
Now, my review:
I wanted to love this book but I could barely get myself to like it.
As I stated in the title, I am a Christian, a conservative and I am a proud resident of Indiana - a red state since LBJ in 1964.
First and foremost, I quickly grew tired of the publisher's decision to pull little tidbits out of the text and highlight them with a box right next to the text that contains the exact same sentence? What was the point of that?
Secondly, Stine blames everything in the world on liberals (even for bumps in the road). He assumes that liberal automatically means atheist (well, I guess my dad, the church elder is not going where he assumed when he dies) and assumes that conservative automatically means Christian (what about Milton Friedman?).
Thirdly, Stine seems to confuse "Red State" with "Redneck" at many points, saying things like Red State parents make their kids smoke and they eat animals they run over with their cars. I think I've heard all of this before and it the routine always ends like this, "...you might be a redneck."
I've never seen Stine in person, so perhaps knowing his act really would juice up a lot of this - I don't know. His funniest comments are about Trick-or-Treating on Halloween, "God is my co-pilot" bumber stickers, turn signals, gay marriage (he's remarkably middle-of-the-road on this) and abortion. The abortion commentary isn't particularly funny but it is a much more coherent argument than the rest of the book presents and really is the best piece in the book. On the other hand, his commentary on foreign-made goods is not terribly coherent nor is it conservative.
So, I give this one a grade of C+. It would have been worse except for the strong section on abortion.
Great book...just not for all Jan 9, 2007
Saw this guy at my church and his stand up routine is very funny and it really makes you think the book is great just not for everyone
Live From Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian Jan 9, 2007
Courageous and frank. Brad engages real world issues in such a refreshingly honest manner that you must respect this work, even if you don't agree with him.
Brad Stine is right on! Jan 5, 2007
Not for the faint of heart....this book is in your face and your brain. If you don't like it...you didn't read it. There are some things that I disagree with but the way it is discussed makes me think about and that is what good writing is about. A must read.