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America: A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader (Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull Press)) [Paperback]

By Marcus Boon (Editor)
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Famous for creating a stir in 1995 when he picketed The New Yorker holding a placard reading, "My poetry is as bad as yours" (the magazine subsequently published some of his poems) renowned poet and comedian Sparrow also challenged Bob Dole for the presidential nomination in 1996 and, remarkably, lost. America: A Prophecy is his follow-up, a hilarious look at a country in flux. This long-awaited collection of essays by the author of Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! and Republican Like Me takes on culture, politics, and religion. From a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City --- written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen landmarks --- to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow's unique blend of wit and wisdom gives readers a whole new way of seeing our country at the crossroads.

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2005
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1932360867  
ISBN13  9781932360868  

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1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Humor > Political
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Criticism & Theory
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > British > 20th Century
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Collections & Readers
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General

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Excellent  Jul 7, 2008
Very funny reading, but sometimes more than amusing. My favorite sections are "Bathifying and Other Virtues" & "Annals of Activism." The intermittent Proverbs are fun, too. Sometimes reading Sparrow is like the game where a person tells you three things and you have to guess which one of the three is True.

"Sometimes only a nightmare can wake you." (Proverbs, page 107)

Sparrow flies again  Jun 11, 2006
Witty, weird, intelligent essays abound in Sparrow's great homage to all things that interest him. From detailed sexual escapades ("My Sex with an Ant") to in-depth interviews with great political figures ("Interview with Saddam Hussein!!!!"), Sparrow's blunt, innocent, learned humor is refreshing, awakening, and pungent in my mind.
Bouyant  May 5, 2006
This is a book to raise your spirits, consciousness and even body (if you follow the guidance in the bathtub section). Full of peculiar history, interviews with dead and living celebrities, and astute observations.

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